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Organisers of an extreme sports festival have warned the event will be scrapped for good unless they can raise £50,000 in the next six weeks.

Hunstanton Lifestyles officials last night, Wednesday February 19, launched an appeal to raise the cash they need to stage the event later this year.

But committee chairman Liz Pendleton admitted the festival would be “dead” if local people and business leaders do not help them reach their target by the start of April.

She said: “If we don’t get that, we’re dead in the water.”

Unlike in previous years, when it was run by West Norfolk Council, the festival, which was last staged in 2012, is being planned by a committee of volunteers.

Organisers, volunteers and supporters gathered at the Shed skatepark at Lynnsport last night to kick off the campaign.

Among them was professional BMX star Matti Hemmings, who is hoping to stage the national BMX flatland championship at the festival this year.

Mr Hemmings travelled from his home in Bristol to perform a demonstration and back the initiative, which he believes is vital for inspiring others to get involved.

Dozens of riders and skateboarders also took to the park’s ramps and rails during the evening and Mr Hemmings said: “All of these guys have got a talent. They should be able to show it.

“It’s a hub for people who want to be creative.”

A supporters’ evening will be held at the Hanse House in Lynn on March 6 for people who want to donate or help with the event to get involved.

And the committee says it will announce provisional dates for the festival when they have raised half of their target.

Although the committee are hoping to attract sponsors, Miss Pendleton said small donations from individuals who had enjoyed events at the festival in previous years would also go a long way towards securing its immediate future.

She said: “If you want this to happen, you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is or get involved.”

For more information, visit www.lifestylesfestival.co.uk

 

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