First Rugeley Fringe Festival planned

A new major event is being planned for Rugeley as part of the latest campaign to boost the town centre ahead of the power station redevelopment.

The first Rugeley Fringe Festival has been planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend, and will see musicians, magicians, acrobats, illusionists, comedy, spoken word, live painting, bands, children's entertainers, street artists all over the town.

It comes after the first stages of demolition of the power station have taken place, which will be replaced by 2,300 homes, housing for the elderly, commercial buildings and a primary school.

The event will take place throughout the town, in most of its cafes, bars, restaurants, as well as stages in Brook Square, Market Square, Elmore Park and the main headline event will be at The Rugeley Rose Theatre.

Niamh Mahon, event coordinator, said: "It's a free event, the main event will be in the The Rose Theatre on the Sunday.

"There will be on-street entertainment, most of the cafes and bars have signed up.

"The town has just risen to this and everyone has been very supportive and positive. More and more people are getting involved.

"We've already got some artists signed up, from professionals to up-and-coming acts.

"It will be like grabbing a piece of Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sprinkling it all over Rugeley.

"We're looking for a local charity so that any profits that are made will go to a local charity.

"It's a tourist attraction. This I'm hoping will be an annual event that will happen and people can come and stay in Rugeley for the weekend.

"The town is crying out for this festival.

"It's absolutely going to be one of the biggest events, the community is really pulling together."

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