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THAMES FESTIVAL GOES UNDER

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The government's plans for a£2m festival on the Thames have been shelved for the second successive year because of...
The government's plans for a £2m festival on the Thames have been shelved for the second successive year because of lack of private sector interest, reports the Evening Standard (p15).

The festival was to have provided a focus for a new trade and transport strategy for London's river but organisers today admitted the scheme was 'too ambitious and too expensive'.

Toby Harris, chairman of the Association of London Authorities, said: 'The government has made a botch of celebrating the Thames'.

The project is now being quietly offered to the Coin Street Community Builders and Greenwich LBC to see if the would resurrect some of the ideas for a small local event next year.
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