Cannizaro Park Festival is a resounding success

This year’s Cannizaro Park Festival has left an indelible legacy that will create a wave of excitement and anticipation in the lead up to Cannizaro 2007.

Over 10,000 people attended the entertainment extravaganza, which took place between 22 July and 6 August at Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon. The festival also took approximately £165,000 in box office revenue and sponsorship.

Highlights included Elkie Brooks, Clare Teal, Musicals of the Millenium, Paul Merton’s Comedy Store Players and the Jongleurs.

Expressing his delight at this year’s Cannizaro Festival was Councillor Maurice Groves, cabinet member for Community Services, who said:

“What a difference a year makes. The revenue and attendance numbers were more than three times what they were in 2005. I firmly believe the partnership between Merton’s Leisure and Arts Development division and Cannizaro Event Limited was a key factor behind the success of this year’s festival.

“Looking forward to 2007, the good news is that Cannizaro Event Limited have expressed an interest in organising the event again, so, with no element of uncertainty surrounding Cannizaro 2007, I’m sure we will have yet another spectacle to behold next summer.”

Peter Beckwith, Chairman of Cannizaro Event Ltd said:

“In 2007 we will be enlisting the invaluable help of the Ambassador Theatre Group whose extensive experience both in the field of entertainment and in marketing and ticketing will help to ensure an even more exciting programme than in 2006.

“Nevertheless, the support of the local community is also vital if the future of the Festival is to be secure and in this respect we would be pleased to hear from any individuals or businesses who would like to be involved in sponsorship for this popular event

‘I would also like to thank Merton Council and, in particular, Maureen Pepper for their co operation and support throughout the Festival in both allowing the park to be used, and for providing much of the infrastructure. We look forward to working with the Council again next year.’