Plans in place for 2013 festival

They say it pays to plan ahead.

They say it pays to plan ahead.

Sometimes overused, no more apt depiction arguably befits proposals currently being devised for the soon to be launched Longford Summer Festival.

Pencilled in for June 2013, organisers have already set in motion a chain of events billed as being Longford’s biggest and brightest spectacular for years.

From live music to theatrical and eye-catching historical events, an action packed itinerary spread over ten days are presently being devised, in a bid to celebrate all that is good about Longford.

The brainchild of Longford Town Councillor, Gerry Warnock, a whole host of leading figures from the fields of local politics, arts, tourism and enterprise have thrown their weight behind the cause.

“What we want to do with this festival is show that Longford is a good place to visit and do business in,” said Cllr Warnock.

To showcase this blueprint, a launch evening has been set for next Thursday (June 21) in an attempt to raise publicity as well as trying to identify a name for the festival. As such, live music and other attractions have been lined up for a short, but fun-filled occasion in the Mall complex from 6-7pm.

“It’s really a concept launch,” said Cllr Warnock. “We also want to let people know what we are hoping to bring to the town, to design a logo and for people to come up with a name for the festival.”

Further details surrounding the event’s future name, in the form of an extended competition are expected to be made over the coming days.

Cllr Warnock brushed aside concerns surrounding the event’s prolonged lead-in time, stressing instead the importance of careful and meticulous planning.

“It’s no good rushing into things,” he said. “This is about doing things properly. You want all your ducks in a row, your costings, funding, acts, all of those factors require careful consideration. Make no mistake though, we (commitee) will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to give Longford a festival to remember.”