Nottingham’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations once again painted the streets green but it was a smaller event in Old Market Square this year.
The festivities were more stripped back than in previous years due to a lack of funding and volunteers, with the usual grand parade being replaced.
£33,000 was spent on the event last year, but the spending on this years event is expected to total a much lower sum.
The festival was launched on Wednesday night with an opening ceremony at the Council House, which was attended by the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Audio: Paul Curtis, Chair of the festival committee, talks about how expensive the event is to put on.
Performances on the night came from The Irish Prison Pipe Band, Nottingham Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and The Clare Regan School of Irish Dancing.
“We’ve had to make major changes to the way we do things.”
Paul Curtis, Chair of the St Patrick’s Day festival Committee
Addressing the crowd at the event, Paul Curtis, Chair of the Nottingham St Patrick’s Day committee, said:
“It’s very poignant that we’ve actually got a band from Ireland in the very year we’ve had to make major changes to the way we do things.”
“What were saying now is, please support your local festival to the best of your ability, whether that be volunteering or whether it be by providing the odd quid that can make a difference.”
Each year the festival welcomes civic guests from various counties in Ireland, County Kilkenny being the chosen area for 2016.
Kilkenny is regarded as a superpower in the game of Hurling, and could be likened to a Manchester United of their sport.
The kit man for the Kilkenny Hurling team, Denis Coady, brought along the San Maguire trophy – the hurling FA Cup equivalent.