THE WORCESTER Festival organisers are urging local businesses to sign up and get involved with the event they hope will be 'a beacon of hope and fun for residents after a very difficult year.'

2021 will be the 19th year of the Worcester Festival and organisers have promised whatever August holds the Festival will go ahead.

A spokesman said: "As always we need your help. We know that the last year has been very difficult, but we are encouraging you to get creative, hopefully this year’s Festival will be the first big event in the City and so we want as many people involved as possible.

"This is an opportunity to put on something new, or excitingly different, to be innovative, to think outside the box.

"For example, if you are a restaurant, why not put on a special ‘Worcester Festival’ menu, or cocktail, or a special Worcester Festival deal?

"If you are pub, why not put on a quiz or a music night or a talent, especially if you don’t normally do those things, the possibilities are endless.

"Online registration for this year’s Worcester Festival is now open and it’s so easy, just go

onto the website and fill out the online registration form.

"It is a genuine opportunity to market or publicise your company to a large number of people and to be a part of the Worcester community.

"Covid-19 stopped so many events in the last year, but it certainly didn’t stop The Worcester Festival and it won’t stop us this year should the road map get a little off course.

"We want the 2021 Worcester Festival to be a beacon of hope and fun for the people of Worcester and hopefully be a chance for us all to celebrate getting through this.

"So come and get involved."