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Culture city image 'untarnished'
Mathew Street festival 2006
Thousands of people attended last year's event
A former Capital of Culture events director has said Liverpool's image will not be tarnished if the Mathew Street festival is cancelled.

Robert Palmer, who worked on Capital of Culture events in Glasgow and Brussels, also said the event should not become a political battleground.

Urgent meetings are continuing in Liverpool in a last-minute attempt to save the annual music festival.

The event was cancelled over health and safety fears on Thursday.

Alternative plans

Speaking on BBC Radio Merseyside, Robert Palmer said: "It's important that Liverpool doesn't become a political battleground.

"The people of Liverpool, the city council and the Culture Company should act responsibly to try to guarantee that this doesn't happen again."

Council leader Warren Bradley returned from his holiday at the weekend for a series of crisis talks.

He has been meeting senior police officers and those behind the City of Culture to look at alternative plans.

The news that the event, which attracts about 100,000 people each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend, was cancelled was announced on Thursday.

Liverpool City Council said the loss of space at the Pier Head and the amount of ongoing construction work meant there was a "significant" risk to the public.

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