The future of the popular annual Woburn Sands Folk Festival hangs in the balance – despite its success just a few days ago.
Three hired generators worth a total of about £6,000, which were awaiting collection after Saturday’s festival, have been stolen from the showground.
Organisers of the free, day-long festival, who spend most of the year raising the money to stage it, now face an agonising wait to discover whether they will have to foot the bill.
Gill Stackpoole, one of the organisers, said: “We worked our socks off for 12 months to put on a fabulous showcase of music, dance, arts and craft, and now someone has ruined it.
“I am heartened by the fact that local people are already offering to contribute to a fighting fund, but we want whoever did this to us caught and the generators returned to their rightful owner.”
The generators, which were used to provide power for the main stage, stalls and a bouncy castle, were stolen from a field at Edgewick Farm in Woburn Sands between 7pm and 9pm on Monday, July 16. They were over by the gate, near the bend where Hardwick Road becomes The Leys.
Two were 10kva diesel generators (one blue and one red), and the other was a smaller 2.4kva petrol generator. They were taken by two men in a dark-coloured 4x4 or Jeep-type vehicle towing a trailer.
The festival has been staged for three years and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 people each year. Events are held at a number of venues in Woburn Sands, including the field, other open spaces, pubs, halls and the library.
Gill said: “This theft has potentially devastating consequences and may well put next year’s festival in jeopardy.”
If anyone has any information or saw anything, please contact Gill on 07846 945886 or ring Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference number DD 4085420/12.