Buxton Fringe 2014 provided £300k boost to local economy

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This year’s bumper Buxton Festival Fringe contributed well over £300,000 to the local economy, organisers have revealed.

Exceptional weather for the summer arts extravaganza, which featured over 150 entrants and nearly 600 performers, helped boost ticket sales by an estimated eight per cent.

A survey also found 88 per cent of audience members awarded the event an approval rating of four or five, out of five.

Speaking at the Fringe’s recent AGM, chair Keith Savage said: “Our survey evidence suggests that in financial terms, Fringe 2014 compared well with past festivals. It was also graced by some outstanding performances and performers.”

Mr Savage paid tribute to the hard work of the committee, supporters and sponsors, and the growing band of ‘Fringe Friends’.

He also recorded the Fringe’s great debt to the late Peter Low, a much respected former Fringe chair who was an enthusiastic and loyal supporter to the end.

Entries for Buxton Fringe 2015 open on December 1. For information on how to get involved, visit www.buxtonfringe.org.uk.