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By Donald Turvill
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Festival pulled due to restrictions
CALLED OFF . . . the festival is held in the grounds of Springkell House in Eaglesfield

ORGANISERS of Springkell Live have announced their decision to cancel the Eaglesfield music festival planned for the end of the month – but have promised attendees that a ‘plan B’ will be unveiled soon.

Festival boss Simon Hewitt broke the news on Tuesday, writing that trying to foresee the lifting of restrictions had been “almost impossible”.

He added that the decision was taken after the council announced they will relax restrictions on events on June 28 — the day after the festival was due to conclude.

Mr Hewitt said “long discussions” took place between the local authority and organisers in the past two weeks but “unfortunately reached a stalemate”.

He called it an “insult” to ticket holders that the event would have to be “heavily restricted by rules which would no longer apply the day after the event is over”.

And he added: “We’ve remained determined and optimistic for Springkell Live but the way the restriction map has been laid out is a step too far – therefore we cannot go ahead at the end of the month as planned. We always set out to create the very best in live events but imposed rules would compromise those standards.

“Moreover this is a small, privately funded event and there are limits to the risks we can take. Relaxing restrictions the day after the event just adds insult to injury.”

However, highlighting alternative arrangements Mr Hewitt said: “There is a plan B which we will map out this month, which is bit more elaborate than originally intended but we want to create positives out of drawbacks.

“On behalf of myself and the team, we’re sincerely sorry but our hands have been forced.”

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