Thursday, 9 August 2012
A SAFE AND HAPPY FOLK WEEK
Thanet District Council is predicting that the 2012 Broadstairs Folk Week will prove to be one of the most popular in the event’s history.
Starting on Friday 10 August, Folk Week organisers and supporters are looking forward to yet another busy and successful week for Broadstairs.
More than 150,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the town's attractions and amenities, and this will have a long-term positive benefit for tourism and trade. But the council, along with Kent Police and the Folk Week organisers, have been working hard over the last few months to ensure that such a large number of people will have no negative impact.
To ensure that all goes smoothly, a private security firm will provide daily reports to help Folk Week partners plan ahead. The partnership approach is designed to ensure that all local agencies can be more responsive to the needs of the local community.
Cllr Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: "We’re working as a team to ensure that Broadstairs Folk Week continues to be a family-friendly event which anyone can attend. Alcohol and warm weather can sometimes combine to present problems, but the vast majority of people at Folk Week have a wonderful time and simply enjoy themselves.
“Evening and night time patrols will give people confidence that they’re in a safe environment, and their wellbeing is a priority.
We know that Folk Week generates a great atmosphere in the town and we want that to continue. But if anyone sees anything inappropriate, they can report the matter to the security team, who will notify the appropriate agency.”
She added: “Following on from the Olympic Games, I know that everyone is in a particularly celebratory mood, so this Folk Week promises to be very popular indeed.”