Communications & Events

Stanley Town Council supports the organisation of local events, either through financial assistance to other organisers or by organising events itself. The Council sees events as a means of not just allowing the people of Stanley and surrounding areas to enjoy themselves, but also as a means of contributing to the Council’s aim of improving the economy of the area. Recent events supported by the Council are:

Music Festival – we have made a contribution of £15,000 towards the cost of an annual Music Festival, organised by Stanley Events, held in Oakey Park over August Bank Holiday weekend.

Horticultural Show – financial support has been provided to the North East Horticultural Society for an annual horticultural show in September.

Brass Festival – a contribution of £5,000 was made to the Brass Festival in Front Street.

Bonfire Night – the Council has provided £10,000 towards the cost of the annual bonfire night event, again organised by Stanley Events.

Christmas Festivities – until last year, the Council has financially supported Stanley Events in arranging activities leading up to the switch-on of the Christmas Lights in Front Street. In 2014, we took over the organisation of Christmas Festivities ourselves and a series of events were held from the end of November leading up to Christmas. This included a Christmas Fayre, with live reindeers and a visit from Santa, a Christmas Carol Concert, a Christmas Tea Dance, a party for our senior citizens and the Christmas Lights switch on featuring Stanley Lumiere, provided by the people responsible for the famous Durham Lumiere.

In addition to the above, the Council is considering organising other events in the next year, including those based on cycling and golf.

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