DAWLISH’S answer to Glastonbury has been cancelled for 2022.
The family-friendly festival Snooky Fest has been hit by Covid restrictions over the last few years and it has now been announced this summer’s event, due to have taken place in July, has also been shelved.
This is the third year the festival, which was launched in 2017 and held at Warren Farm, has had to be cancelled.
The festival was the brainchild of Dawlish charity stalwart and recipient of the British Empire Medal Caz Steffens, pictured right.
In a social media post, she said: ‘It is with a sincerely heavy heart and soul that I have to let everyone know that Snooky Fest will be unable to go ahead this year, despite our best efforts to try and do so.
‘As you all know events like Snooky Fest take at least a year to organise and last year and this year the future was still so uncertain with the restrictions that were still in place for us all.
‘We have all had incredible personal losses over the past two years and sadly as frontline workers in the community we have been unable to take any proper time off throughout the entire pandemic and to date, although we will get there.
‘We are hoping to recruit a few more volunteers and committee members to lighten the work load ready for next year.’
The Snooky Trust charity was founded by Caz in honour of her brother Chris ‘Snooky’ Snook, who died in 2007 aged 27.
Fundraising began with a small charity shop in Queen Street and after the shop closed in 2016, Caz started the festival the following year.
The Snooky Trust charity raises funds to help 18 to 40-year-olds with a physical illness.
Caz is also now a director of a local care company Black Swan Care Ltd.