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SALFORD PROMS IN THE PARK
 

Mary Burns

£££££££s In The Park

When Chris de Burgh steps out at Buile Hill Park a week on Saturday (12th September) for the BBC Proms In The Park perhaps he should be singing The Council In Red, as I can reveal that this year’s Proms event is set to lose Salford Council over £140,000…


The Proms has a total budget of getting on for a quarter of a million pounds (£244,386 at the last official estimate), which includes fees of £32,000 for headline artists – `pop star’ Chris de Burgh, soprano Juliette Pochin and Salford opera bloke Jon Christos – plus £10,000 on fireworks for the end of the show, and £10,900 on `branding and signage’.

Even if all the tickets are sold and all the car parking is taken up, the event still stands to lose £140,886 – and there are plenty of tickets left.

So please… I beg you…Buy a ticket…It’s only £15 plus £1.50 booking fee, plus 95p `transaction/postage/donation, plus £6 parking (no ten quid tickets left for Salford residents)…and help save our Council Tax from rising again…

All together now…

`I've never seen you spending so much as you did tonight
I've never seen your cheque book shine so bright we’re amazed
I've never seen so many people want not to be there by your side
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away
I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter loss, as I do tonight

The way you spend tonight
I never will forget, the way you spend tonight
The council in the red
The council in the red
The council in the red
My council in the r-e-e-e-e-e-e-d…’

Claire wrote
at 05:35:41 on 12 September 2009
I thought last years was amazing, I only went on the last minute as my aunty had an extra ticket as classical is not usually my preferred style of music. That being said though, I thoroughly enjoyed it, including the music. We took wine and sandwiches and got a little tipsy together, with some great fireworks at the end and a spectactular performance from Russell Watson (who I would much rather see there again if I am honest)! I do think it's worrying that it's so much of a loss to the budget though... I say drop De Burgh and save some money, and my ears to boot! ;-)
 
sarah ryan wrote
at 12:32:18 on 11 September 2009
I enjoyed the proms last year. And I'm sure it will good this year - though not enamoured by the appearance of Chris de Bleurgh! However the £15 beer and fag example from the other comment...I don't smoke and drink v little but that £15 would pay my electric for a week. I'm looking after my bills you'd hope that the council would look after our city's? Flashy gestures of holding concerts WE TAXPAYERS can't afford just shows stupidity. Balancing the books would be far more impressive. It seems an empty gesture of desperation..."put salford on the map"? at what cost? To be also known as the worst council to manage a budget? Looks like the only people who have learnt nothing from the credit cruch are Salford City Council.
 
Duncan Corns wrote
at 08:22:28 on 11 September 2009
I'm looking forward to Saturday, should be a great day. Are you going? If not, then why not? Your council are putting on a great show on your own doorstep. It's a tenner if you're a Salfordian - two packs of fags or 4 pints. And you don't need to park because you live locally, like me - I'll make the half-hour walk, no problem. For the £140K loss you claim - wahey, for once I've got value-for-money for something out of my local council, get in!
 
Iain Lindley wrote
at 06:00:17 on 05 September 2009
It was pointed out by Conservative opposition Councillors back when the events programme was first published that Labour were planning to run the Proms (and other events) at a loss. Scandalous.
 
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