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Support of businesses key to making Meet Me Down The Town a success

Published: 19 Jul 2012 13:000 comments

ENNISKILLEN Business Partnership (EBP) is calling on the financial support of the town's business people to ensure its Meet Me Down The Town street festival can go ahead and be a success as planned this summer.

Pictured at the launch of the Meet Me Down The Town Day and Super Hero Parade are Caitlin Kelly, Morgan Whitaker, Charlie Wilson, Jonah Balfour, Darcy Balfour, Owen Kelly, Thomas Murphy and Meabh Murphy.

A letter has been sent out which outlines the plans to date for the event on August 9 and requests a donation of £20 from each participating business.

As a follow up, festival committee members have been stopping in with businesses on Townhall Street, High Street and Church Street to discuss the program for the day and how everyone can get involved.

Fermanagh District Council has awarded EBP with funding towards the street fair which will run from 2pm until 10pm on the day.

According to Chairman of the Partnership, Joe Kelly, it is hoped the festival will become a permanent fixture in Enniskillen's event calendar.

"MMDTT, which aims to be an annual fair, will bring footfall directly into the Enniskillen Town Centre where there will be activities and other events that will boost both the day and evening economies and help towards bolstering the community spirit that is emerging in the town," he said in the letter.

"This event really needs the support of Enniskillen businesses to work," he added.

It is proposed that participating businesses will move out on to the streets of the County Town for the day.

Shops are being encouraged to organise a special sale or provide a service outdoors to add to the fair like atmopsphere.

The Council has agreed to erect bunting, provide waste receptacles, picnic tables and chairs throughout the town centre and there will also be stage for live music.

Under EBP's plans, East Bridge Street will be a hub for children's activities while dancing and music will take place on the Diamond.

There will also be live music on Church Street.

The group is also planning to host a series of pub games in the evening stopping outside the participating pubs where the events will take place.

There are plans to open part the town's thoroughfare to pedestrians from Townhall Street through to Church Street throughout the day.

"Because we have a large area to work with we are inviting any business within the Enniskillen area to take part in this event," said Mr Kelly, "We will find a space for you to trade or inform the public of your local business."

The Chairman said EBP would be rolling out a marketing plan in the coming weeks to drum up awareness of the Meet Me Down The Town festival.

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