Cricket festival to return?

PUBLISHED: 11:08 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

A CRICKET festival which entertained hundreds of holidaymakers in Weston every summer could soon return. From 1914 until 1996

A CRICKET festival which entertained hundreds of holidaymakers in Weston every summer could soon return.From 1914 until 1996, tourists would flock to the town every August to watch Somerset county cricketers play in Clarence Park.Now, Weston's mayor John Ley-Morgan wants the festival to once again entertain the hoards of fans across the country who used to make the event a fixture in their calendars as part of their annual pilgrimage to the seaside.Cllr Ley-Morgan has written to Somerset Cricket Club asking them if it would consider playing a county championship game in Weston again.In years gone by matches would be played at grounds like Clarence Park across the county, but now the overwhelming majority of games are played in Taunton. The last Somerset game to be played in Weston was against Durham in 1996.Cllr Ley-Morgan believes the return of the festival to Weston would help revitalise the town and he himself has fond memories of the festival as a traditionally hugely successful event.If the festival were to return it is intended to use Weston Cricket Club's ground in Bridgwater Road and Cllr Ley-Morgan has enlisted the support of the club's chairman John Scott, who is behind the idea.Cllr Ley-Morgan said: "We need to know what sort of financial backing the club would require to bring the festival back. We will wait and see what Somerset's reaction is to the idea in principle. "I think the festival was something which was very, very popular for holidaymakers who would follow their own team to Weston.

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