Disappointment in Kidwelly as Equinox Waterfront Festival is cancelled
ORGANISERS, families and musicians have aired their disappointment that a festival due to take place in Kidwelly had to be cancelled.
The Equinox Waterfront Festival, which was due to take place at Kidwelly Quay on Saturday was called off by organisers Hanes Cedweli as members were unable to obtain insurance in time.
The all-day festival, to raise funds for the Ferryside Lifeboat Association, was set to be a celebration of Kymer's Canal and feature live music, stalls and kids activities.
Kidwelly Town Council clerk Geraint Thomas had warned that the long-anticipated event would only go ahead at the council-owned beauty spot if any potential consequences were covered by the organisers.
But despite their best efforts, they could not obtain the necessary insurance in time — leading to Mr Thomas blocking it from going ahead.
Many looking forward to the festival took to the event's page on Facebook to air their disappointment, including Alexia Morley. She wrote: "This is a terrible shame, I am booked on the ferry to come home from Ireland just for this festival.
"Kidwelly councillors need to pull themselves together and realise that events like these are vital for bringing south Wales back to life again and encourage tourism.
"Kidwelly is a beautiful historic village and I would have been proud to show my Irish family around at the weekend." One of the organisers, Byron Huws, said every one involved in Hanes Cedweli are "absolutely gutted" that the festival had to be cancelled.
He said: "Promised documentation was late in coming, though verbally agreed, and the deadline for receiving the documentation was not extended though the mayor (Lynda Finch-Jones) appealed for this to happen.
"As a result the town council refused to give permission for the festival to be held.
"To support the Ferryside Lifeboat 12 bands were giving their time free and volunteers across the town were ready to help on the day.
"We were expecting up to 400 people and the participation of the Ferryside Lifeboat and the Admiral of the Port of Carmarthen.
"Our celebration of the first industrial canal in the first industrial nation will have to wait until next year."
Chairman of Kidwelly Civic Society, Andrew Jenkins added: "It was a shame that the Waterside Festival was not given permission to be held at Kidwelly Quay.
"I was involved with this event, albeit a very small role, so I know that this will only strengthen the resolve of Hanes Cedweli members to ensure that the Waterside Festival for 2014 will go ahead.
"Hopefully as early as the spring."