I was totally surprised at the attendance
I HAVE recently attended two events of a different kind in Weston. Firstly, I attended the cricket match between a Somerset XI and Weston Cricket Club at their ground in Devonshire Road. The game was played as part of Marcus Trescothick's benefit season.
I HAVE recently attended two events of a different kind in Weston.Firstly, I attended the cricket match between a Somerset XI and Weston Cricket Club at their ground in Devonshire Road. The game was played as part of Marcus Trescothick's benefit season. I was totally surprised at the attendance at this game. In the Somerset team were Australian test star Justin Langer, former England fast bowler Andy Caddick, Marcus Trescothick himself, a former England opening batsman, and many of the Somerset first team of today. I estimate that there were around only 250 to 300 people there. This included many corporate tables in their own marquee who obviously had paid well for the privilege.If Weston is hoping to bring back county cricket to the town and to revive the festival that used to sit proudly in the Somerset County Cricket season, then this poor attendance will not have done their cause any good at all. It is an excellent ground with good facilities and well worthy of hosting a four-day game or even better a 20 or 40 over game. Well done to Weston Cricket Club for staging the match and I hope that next time you have an attendance to be proud of. The second event I attended in the same week was at The Playhouse and was called Mad About The Musicals. It featured leading performers from The West End. What a great show this turned out to be with excerpts from leading West End shows but I ask where were the audience? It was less than half full. If this trend is repeated for many shows then local councillors who insist on trying to close the venue will have more ammunition, also with their latest brainwave to save money, bring in volunteers.As a manager who worked in local government entertainment for over 36 years, this only smells of reducing expenditure on permanent employees who are the life blood of the venue and know what they are doing.Come on Weston, support your local events at all costs otherwise you will have nowhere to go for your valuable leisure time.DAVID KINGSBURY - Mendip Avenue, Worle