Cheque presentation to Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival Committee
With this year`s Birmingham St Patrick`s Parade receiving no funding from Birmingham City Council, organisers have to look elsewhere to replace not just the Council`s contribution, but also to raise the total cost of £70,000 needed to stage the parade, which takes place on Sunday, March 13th.
When the Council budget cuts were announced last year an appeal went out to clubs and businesses to help raise funds to ensure that the parade this and every other year in the future could go ahead.
One of the very first to offer financial support was The Irish Centre in Digbeth, owned and run by the Owens family. Manager Shaun Preece decided to organise a marathon music concert and contacted some of the best musicians and groups in the business. All, including the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums Band offered their services free of charge.
The event raised a grand total of £10,000 and late last month a cheque for that amount was handed over to Ann Tighe, Chair of the St Patrick’s Festival Committee.
Ann said, “We are hugely grateful to everyone who took part-especially Shaun Preece and the Owens family. The concert was a truly amazing event. This year, more than ever we have to rely on donations such as this to help fund the parade.”
Next month’s Harp will have full details of the parade.