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> Glasgow River Festival Cancelled, Blow for summer 2010 visitors to Glasgow
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post 14th Apr 2010, 09:49pm
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In a major blow to Glasgow's ambitions of competing with other UK cities for summer tourists, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has announced that it has been forced to cancel the Glasgow River Festival event scheduled for July 2010. The shock move comes despite last year's event attracting 90,000 visitors and generating 1.5 million for the local economy.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of GCMB, one of a number of arms-length companies set up to run former council services, said that limited funds were available to stage the money-spinning event. Mr Taylor added that GCMB had had to cut its funding for the event, believed to be in the region of 185,000, because of cutbacks by Glasgow City Council.

Mr Taylor added:
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"For us to put on a River Festival of that size again would have been impossible on such limited funding. To organise 90,000 people on a small budget would compromise health and safety, not just quality, and we were not prepared to do that.

This decision was not taken lightly but we are in the middle of a major downturn, resources are being squeezed and Glasgow City Council has cut 300,000 from the festival budget."

Speaking in advance of last year's event, Liz Cameron, who recently took over the post of GCMB board chairwoman following the resignation of disgraced Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell, said:

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"The River Clyde is steeped in a fascinating history and is not only an important part of the past but an imperative part of the future success of Glasgow. The series of events that make up the Glasgow River Festival ensure that the riverside remains an interesting and accessible place for locals and visitors alike."

The loss of the landmark festival is likely to have serious implications for local hotels and businesses, and comes as cities across the UK mount an increasingly effective challenge to Glasgow's position as a leading tourist attraction. Last year Birmingham overtook Glasgow in the annual tables ranking UK towns by the number of visits by overseas residents.

Some of the money saved as a result of this year's cancellation is expected to be rolled-over into an expanded event next year to celebrate the opening of the new Riverside Museum.

Photographs of last year's River Festival are shown below.

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- GG   Glasgow River Festival Cancelled   14th Apr 2010, 09:49pm
- - norrie123   Ah well thats another festival I will miss, never ...   14th Apr 2010, 10:21pm
|- - GG   QUOTE (norrie123 @ 14th Apr 2010, 11:38pm...   15th Apr 2010, 07:28am
- - elso   How sad,been to everyone of them, and thoroughly e...   15th Apr 2010, 06:54am
- - Alex MacPhee   Perhaps they will have enough money left in the bu...   15th Apr 2010, 06:55am
- - Jupiter   I am sorry to see the Festival cancelled as the ri...   15th Apr 2010, 07:33am
- - GG   Elso, I agree, great days out, especially when the...   15th Apr 2010, 07:34am
|- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (GG @ 15th Apr 2010, 07:51am) it wa...   15th Apr 2010, 10:54am
- - ashfield   I think this has little to do with the UK governme...   15th Apr 2010, 09:02am
- - Guest   Very disappointed in this - there was more than a ...   15th Apr 2010, 10:11am
- - RAYMOND LUKES   TRUST GCC TO STOP THIS GREAT EVENT WILL THEY STOP ...   15th Apr 2010, 11:11am
- - Rob Rattray   'Tis a sad day when hierarchy seem to take ove...   15th Apr 2010, 11:43am
- - PabloDav   Just another shocking episode in the ongoing manip...   15th Apr 2010, 01:31pm
- - *getech500153*   In my opinion this action by the private company w...   15th Apr 2010, 02:00pm
- - bnisbet@blueyonder   What a pity, it was a great family day out. We...   15th Apr 2010, 02:30pm
- - Heather   I am confused as to why we elect Councillors. I th...   15th Apr 2010, 02:48pm
- - Rab   You are not alone Heather. Seems to me Glasgow Cit...   15th Apr 2010, 05:30pm
- - Harrymc   QUOTE (Heather @ 15th Apr 2010, 03:05pm) ...   15th Apr 2010, 07:05pm
- - Oscar   What an awful shame that this has to be cancelled....   15th Apr 2010, 07:18pm
- - sumac   Do you remember the days when people would march o...   15th Apr 2010, 07:54pm
- - valerie   I am so sorry. It was great last time. They sh...   15th Apr 2010, 08:22pm
- - CopperLamp   AYE What they gonna stop next........everything go...   15th Apr 2010, 10:11pm
- - Patter Merchant   According to the Herald/BBC (can't remember wh...   16th Apr 2010, 09:39am
- - droschke7   So they can afford to build a 75 Million new Tran...   16th Apr 2010, 05:03pm
- - GG   PM, I'll check that figure and get back to you...   16th Apr 2010, 06:45pm
|- - elso   QUOTE (GG @ 16th Apr 2010, 07:02pm) PM, I...   16th Apr 2010, 08:16pm
|- - stratson   QUOTE (elso @ 16th Apr 2010, 09:33pm) Tho...   17th Apr 2010, 04:01pm
- - stuart greenshield   If it brings in 1.5 million in business to the Cit...   17th Apr 2010, 11:59pm
- - droschke7   hope it is still on, I enjoyed it all the other ye...   19th Apr 2010, 01:22am
- - *Norman*   Nice pix.... thanks. Can you tell me if there is a...   12th May 2010, 07:02am
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