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New plans to rescue jazz festival

Don Weller and Art Themen  Photo: Roy Edwards
The jazz festival, held every August, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008.

Two businessmen are among those who have submitted proposals to save the Brecon Jazz Festival.

Ben Jones, of the Celtic Spirit Group, and corporate events organiser John Ellson are the fourth party to express an interest.

The company behind Brecon jazz ceased trading last month after suffering a "substantial loss".

A decision on who will run the festival is expected to be made after a creditors' meeting on Friday.

Other bids have been made by Brecon's Theatr Brycheiniog, Porthcawl Jazz Festival and the Hay Festival.

Poor weather

Mr Jones and Mr Ellson said they would be dedicated to delivering the annual event, with a commitment to jazz, Brecon and Wales.

Mr Ellson, of ESIP Limited, has links with the festival stretching back 24 years.

He said: "Ben Jones was one of the main sponsors last year and when we heard the festival might disappear we decided to work together to try and save it.

"We're confident we can move it forward not just for one year, but for the future. We're looking at developing certain aspects of it."

The jazz festival, held every August, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008.

In the past it attracted performers including George Melly, Humphrey Lyttelton, Jools Holland and Amy Winehouse.

But it ran into financial difficulties after poor weather hit ticket sales.

An insolvency expert has been appointed, with a creditors' meeting planned on Friday in Cardiff.

The Brecon Jazz Festival company has ceased trading and is being wound up.

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