An appeal has been launched to revive the festival that put Hunstanton on the map with extreme sports fans.
The Lifestyles Festival should have been taking place later this month, but was cancelled after West Norfolk Council decided it had become too big and costly to manage and handed organisation over to a volunteer committee.
The Lifestyles Association Committee is trying to raise between £50,000 and £60,000 to revive the festival, which attracts around 12,000 visitors to the town.
Liz Pendleton, committee chairman, said: “We are a year away from it now and it is a very critical time for us. This is really a bit of a call to arms.”
The committee announced in April, that this year’s festival would not go ahead. A number of committee members wanted to retire after being involved for a number of years and funding was not fully in place.
More committee members have now been found and almost half of the money needed for the 2014 event has been pledged, but more sponsors and volunteer helpers are needed.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, of West Norfolk Council. said: “Over the years, Lifestyles Festival has evolved into a major event encompassing both extreme sports, music and more. It requires a substantial investment of time, money and expertise at a level which is no longer sustainable or appropriate for the council, particularly in the current economic climate.
“The Lifestyle’s Committee has exciting plans for the future of the festival and is now concentrating on becoming an independent organisation and exploring ways in which it can take the event forward.
“Although we cannot continue to lead on the organisation of the festival, we recognise the important role such a large-scale exciting event can play and will continue to offer support to the committee to make a success of next year’s event.”
The festival was launched as a partnership between the council and KLAS-A (King’s Lynn Adrenalin Sports Association) in 2005 and built upon the earlier Windfest.
It was initially designed to give people the chance to try a range of emerging sports and attracted a few hundred people. In recent years it has hosted top-level kitesufing contests, live music, a VW show on the green and been served by a temporary campsite on Hunstanton Recreation Ground.
Michael Ruston, secretary of Hunstanton Chamber of trade, is keen to see the festival back and hopes the committee will go ahead with plans to hold it in September to extend the season for traders.
He said: “It’s a lovely occasion with lots of young people having a good time. Anything that brings people into the town has to be good for the place.”