Tunbridge Wells Talking Point

Tunbridge Wells Talking Point

The story everyone’s been discussing this month…

ALL THAT JAZZ

A popular music event that has been in Tunbridge Wells for almost 20 years was almost cancelled when a main sponsor pulled out just weeks before it was due to begin. The future of Jazz on The Pantiles, which takes place every Thursday evening during the summer was left hanging in the balance after the lack of sponsorship meant £10,000 needed to be found to fund the event.

The concerts, which draw in 70,000 music lovers each year are a popular fixture in the town’s social and cultural calendar, and when the news broke that they could be in jeopardy, upset residents and music lovers took to social media to express their concerns.

Thankfully, a number of businesses saw the plight and stepped in to save the much-loved event from being cancelled. One Warwick Park, the new Tunbridge Wells hotel which opens next month is set to be the main sponsor, with businesses such as Dandara, Thomson Snell & Passmore and TWPT all helping to fund the concerts and ensure their longevity.

“This is fantastic news and we are incredibly pleased One Warwick Park has stepped in to allow the jazz to continue as it has done for many years,” says Julian Leefe-Griffiths, who organises the event. “It is such a relief to find a sponsor.”

Jazz on the Pantiles returns on May 5. www.pantilestraders.co.uk

THE SOCIAL SCENE

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