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Cash crisis faces Ludlow Festival
2009 would be the 50th anniversary of the Ludlow Festival
Organisers of a Shropshire festival say if they do not make a profit this year they may have to call it a day.

Next year, 2009, would be the 50th anniversary of the Ludlow Festival and a range of special events are planned.

The Chairman of the Festival committee, Jenny Bourne said this year's event could be the most important ever.

She said she hoped a special co-production of Richard the Third would keep costs down and help to turn things round.

Opera Babes

Other acts this year will include the Opera Babes and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Ludlow Festival has had a difficult few years financially and last summer's floods badly affected their profits.

Jenny Bourne said " If we don't make a profit then I'm afraid that possibly there might not be a festival for the 50th anniversary."

This year's festival is from Saturday 21 June to Sunday 8 July.

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