After months of speculation about its future, the committee of the Bray Summerfest have announced this morning that the Summerfest has been cancelled.
The decision comes after it was decided at a meeting of Bray Municipal Council in March to reduce the Summerfest Fun Fair from 24 days to 15 days from 2016 onwards.
However they intend to apply for a licence to go ahead with the Bray Air Display which has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Country with over 80,000 people attending the event last year.
The Committee also intends to go ahead with the Festival Funfair, but the believe that they are no longer in a position to provide the full four week festival programme.
“The team behind Bray Summerfest has always been committed towards delivering a brilliant free-to-attend festival event for the community and for visitors to our town. We are acknowledging the decision of the Council made on 23 March, we are putting the personal hurt of recent weeks behind us, and we are focussing now on doing what is best for our town and that will continue to honour the spirit of the community festival founded over 30 years ago, albeit in changed financial circumstances.
“At a meeting this week the Bray Summerfest Committee agreed that to apply for an event license to provide this year’s Bray Air Display and the Festival Funfair. As the Summerfest’s landmark event we believe the Air Display is hugely important to the people of Bray and to the local economy. It is the county’s flagship tourism event welcoming over 80,000 people annually to the town. Our focus is on ensuring the delivery of the Air Display for this year, and on beginning now to grow this important event for future years.
“As a consequence unfortunately we cannot provide a full 4 week festival programme this year however we believe the financial viability of the Air Display over the next two years is of paramount importance and is in the wider public, economic and community good.
“We would like to thank all our suppliers, sponsors, and the people of Bray for all their support these recent weeks, and throughout the last 34 years, and we look forward to continuing to welcome thousands of visitors to Bray this July.”
The full statement from the Summerfest Committee can be viewed at www.braysummerfest.com .