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The Havre des Pas Seaside Festival is off

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THE Havre des Pas Seaside Festival has been cancelled following a dispute between organisers and the parish.

Havre des Pas Beach Festival. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (25195331)

The organisers said the event, which first took place in 2004, would not be going ahead this year and blamed ‘a number of people’ for the cancellation.

Earlier this year, a dispute between them and the parish of St Helier had put a question mark over this month’s event.

In April, festival committee members criticised the parish on social media for failing to support this year’s event by providing a bank account along with insurance.

At the time, St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft said the event had not been cancelled and he was planning to meet with the organisers to discuss their concerns.

Now he has confirmed that it will not go ahead, but he and district Deputies will work to help it return next year.

He added: ‘I’m not going to comment further on this year’s festival other than that its cancellation is a big disappointment. The important thing is that the festival returns next year and the No 1 District Deputies and I will do our best to facilitate this.’

In a statement, the organisers said: ‘Sad to say this year thanks to a number of people we will not be holding this year’s HDP.

‘Whatever you read or whatever someone else posts we will not be doing it this year.

‘So don’t bother going down to HDP on the 27th and 28th as nothing is happening SORRY.’

Festival organisers have been contacted for comment but have not responded to requests.

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