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Charter’s plan to pay its bills

The organisers of the Charter 750 celebrations at Gawsworth Carnival have lodged an insurance claim to cover their costs after the event was marred by bad weather.

The organisers of the Charter 750 celebrations at Gawsworth Carnival have lodged an insurance claim to cover their costs after the event was marred by bad weather.

The two-day festival in July was jointly organised by members of Macclesfield Rotary club and the Gawsworth Carnival committee. However the carnival organisers say they do not owe any money.

The celebrations saw 30 Italian historical re-enactors come to Macclesfield and a ceremonial arrow shoot on the festival site opposite the Harrington Arms in Gawsworth.

Funded by sponsorship from businesses, as well as gate receipts, it was part of year-long celebrations of the granting of the town’s royal charter.

But the event was hit by torrential rain and had to be abandoned on the Sunday morning, meaning takings on the gate were much lower than expected.

However, organisers had taken out bad weather insurance and say they are currently processing a claim to have their costs reimbursed.

The company set up by members of Macclesfield Rotary club – Macclesfield Rotary Events Ltd – says it has passed invoices totalling £35,000 to the insurance company.

A spokesman said: "To date we have already met up with AXA’s appointed loss adjuster at the event site and shown him the photos of the destroyed ticket entrance tent as well as the recovery processes of the many bogged-down vehicles during Sunday afternoon and evening, through to Monday lunchtime."

The next stage had also been completed – relevant invoices, including any contractual agreements, of incurred expenses, had been forwarded on. The loss adjuster had said they would try to complete their claim process as soon as possible.

The spokesman said: "We therefore ask all concerned to bear with us until such time as when we receive the requested claim settlement."

However, ‘medieval food’ supplier Rachael Reddy, of Bury, says the situation has left her facing bankruptcy and she has issued court proceedings against the company. She was asked to provide two meals a day and drinks to the Italian re-enactors.

She said: "I’ve had my phone and other services cut off. I still owe my staff wages from the event. I’ve had to cancel other shows and networking events so future business has been affected. I am at real risk of bankruptcy. The weather shouldn’t have been an issue. They knew what they would have to pay me. They shouldn’t have relied on gate sales for things like this. What they should do is pay me and claim through the insurance to reimburse themselves."

Paul Lawton, Gawsworth Carnival committee chairman, said: "There was a record amount of rainfall in that weekend, the most for nearly 30 years. It’s a shame because everybody absolutely pulled their heart out to organise it. The carnival committee are hoping to run another event next year and we will just have to pray for better weather."

 

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