CHARITY bosses have expressed their disappointment after confirming a popular annual music festival won’t take place this year.
Red Dreams founders Ian and Dawn McManus, both 42, have postponed this year’s Pitch Invasion – but insist it will return “bigger and better” next year.
The charity, which is a hub for talented young musicians and performers in the town, recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in Whitby Street South.
And Dawn said they have made the difficult decision to cancel the popular festival this year to ensure the charity stays on an even financial footing.
“Our new facility is absolutely fantastic, it’s got everything the youngsters need and we decided it would be silly to jeopardise that,” said Dawn, who set up the charity with Ian following the tragic death of their son, Kyle, who suffered a brain haemorrhage at just 16 years old.
“It is disappointing to postpone this year’s festival, it’s something the young people and music fans in the town look forward to.
“But we have an awful lot of young people here with incredible talent and they will still be here next year to make the Pitch Invasion return bigger and better.”
The festival has been held for the last four years, initially at Seaton Carew Cricket Club and then last year at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.
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