Disappointment at ‘washout’ Rugby spring fair event at Caldecott Park as Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore apologise

Rugby Spring Music Festival, Caldecott Park, Rugby.
Rugby Spring Music Festival, Caldecott Park, Rugby.

ORGANISERS have apologised to anyone who was disappointed by the new-look Spring Fair in Caldecott Park at the weekend.

The Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore was forced to cancel the traditional Spring Fair plans this year which normally take place on Whitehall Recreation Ground, attracting hundreds of people and raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Ongoing building work at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre to build the replacement Queen’s Jubilee Centre meant that the rec was not available for use for the fair.

Instead of cancelling the event, it was decided that a scaled down version of the fair should be held at Caldecott Park and would be renamed the Rugby Spring Music Festival.

As well as the Rugby’s Got Talent event, there was also live music, a funfair and refreshments.

However the bad weather on bank holiday Monday and the lack of usual Spring Fair attractions - mainly the vast amount of stalls - meant that some visitors were left disappointed.

Mike Beck, press officer for the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore, said: “It was a bit of a washout. We did publicise the fact that the format would be different and we weren’t going to have all the stalls.

“Unfortunately with a lot of these things people don’t always listen and they were turning up and thinking ‘where are the stalls?’

“We’re disappointed we could not hold the traditional Spring Fair like we have done for the last 30 years. We know people look forward to it and it’s disappointing.

“It was a steep learning curve. We didn’t want to cancel it and we didn’t want to disappoint people but I think we did in the end.”

Mr Beck said despite the disappointment, there were still visitors that enjoyed the event,

He said: “We did still have the music festival and the funfair. We had two hours where the weather was kind to us but then the rain just came down. If we’d have had better weather maybe more people would have come.

“We had a mix of comments - some people were disappointed but a lot still really enjoyed it. We think for the price of the admission it was still good value.”

Mr Beck said the club will now think about what to do next year and hope that they will be able to go back to Whitehall Rec after the building work is finished, although there maybe less space than before.

He said: “We will have to go back and debrief with the committee members, see how we all feel and see what we will do for next year.”