PEOPLE have been urged to make a £1 donation to help keep an annual Bradford district festival going for years to come.

Saltaire Festival, which marks its 20th anniversary later this month, is looking for funds to keep it returning for future events.

Festival organisers are looking for people to help out for the event, which runs from September 9 and 10 and has a second weekend of entertainment on September 16 and 17.

Ian Andrews-Swailes, Saltaire Festival chairman, has revealed it takes £45,000 to stage the event’s second weekend of activities and music at Roberts Park and has now urged visitors to help out.

People who wish to support the free event have been urged to make a £1 donation via the Saltaire Festival website.

Mr Andrews-Swailes hopes the event can be secure for at least another 20 years, starting with donations from visitors online or in-person at festival bucket collections.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Thousands of people flock to the Saltaire Festival each yearThousands of people flock to the Saltaire Festival each year (Image: Newsquest)

He said: “A lot of people don’t realise that the second weekend costs £45,000. We do struggle for funding. We don’t get grants.

“The big final weekend costs a lot to put on. It all adds up. We find it difficult.

“We want to keep it going for the next 20 years. Hopefully, people can put £1 in.

“It’s all looking good for this year’s events.

“They can donate to the buckets on the last weekend (of the festival). We’re grateful for support.”

The festival’s events kick off this weekend including a disco and pizza party in the World Heritage Site.

Il Pirata & Friends will stage a Disco Pizza Party on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, between noon and 6pm on both days. The event will take place in the back alley between Albert Road and Whitlam Street.

Saltaire Festival’s Facebook page posted: “People keep asking how we can put a free festival on every year.

“If everyone who visited us gave us just £1 then we could afford to keep putting the festival on. Please help us by donating £1, yes just £1.

“Did you know it costs at least £45,000 to put on this great festival? If you can afford £1 please donate on the below link.

“Let's keep this fantastic Festival going for another 20 years.”

On top of the main stage and bandstand, the festival also plans to run a further stage in the Exhibition Road car park area.

Organisers hope this will feature music influenced by 1940s-style swing and big band hits.

Go to to make a £1 donation.