Outside help may be needed to steward festive weekend

Big crowds always gather for the Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks
Big crowds always gather for the Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks
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The possibility of using an external events services company to provide experience stewards for future Christmas Festival Weekends in Leighton Buzzard is being investigated.

The popular annual celebrations attracted an estimated 4,000 visitors to the town centre in 2014 over the three days.

A report to Leighton Linslade Town Council’s partnership committee states that 19 19 council officers worked the weekend supported by 14 volunteers.

Extra stewarding was also required and recruited from a local security company who stayed on site over night to ensure the security of the stage equipment, food court and stalls

But the report adds: ““Currently, stewarding of events is dependant on council staff and volunteers being available and willing to work weekends.

“It is proving increasingly difficult to ensure a guaranteed number of stewards will be available on the day, therefore officers are looking into the use of an events services company to provide experienced stewards for council run events.”