Take the reins at St Nicholas festival

The Lantern Parade at last year's St Nicholas Festival. (1212071AM4)
The Lantern Parade at last year's St Nicholas Festival. (1212071AM4)
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Pateley Bridge’s popular celebration of light - the St Nicholas Festival - is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to make sure next year’s event runs without a hitch.

The festival is in need of a new coordinator after the evebts’ founder and previous coordinator Martin Soley left the area.

Martin helped to get the first festival up and running in December 2009, and has worked it on every year since.

But now, after moving out of the area, he needs to find a new coordinator to take over the reins.

Martin said: “I really have enjoyed working on the festival.

“We have a good team, and we all pull together. Everybody does what they say they will do.

“There’s so many positive people involved, it really has been good fun.”

The festival coordinator is responsible for arranging the monthly meetings of the organising committee and taking notes, helping produce the annual programme, and looking after any grant applications to help fund the events.

“It is not a big job, but without it nothing happens,” Martin added.

But a new volunteer would not be expected to take on all the work alone. There is an organising committee of 12, with a core of around seven who attend all the meetings, which does much of the planning, he added.

The 2013 festival wil include the popular lantern parage, but some elements of the celebrations - including lighting the river for the weekend and holding a fundraising grand draw, will not go ahead .

While Martin has left Nidderdale, he has said he is still happy to lend the benefit of his experience with the festival.

“I have a dossier of information I will hand over to the new coordinator.”

It is a chance to contribute to a popular community event in the Dale, he added.

“It would be great to see everybody give 100percent to anybody coming in to help the festival,” Martin said.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the festival can contact Martin on martin.soley@hotmail.co.uk or 07802 652226.

Alternatively, call in at the Old Workhouse Gallery, High Street, Pateley Bridge, and speak to Anne or John.