New team takes over at Buxton Fringe

Published: 27 November 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Gary Bellas, Stephen Walker, Maria Carnegie and Gaye Chorlton

A new team has taken over running Buxton Fringe, which has celebrated 40 years of festivals in the Derbyshire town.

At the Fringe annual meeting at the Green Man Gallery, Stephen Walker took on the role of Fringe chair. Gary Bellas is the new treasurer and Gaye Chorlton is secretary. Maria Carnegie was re-elected vice chair.

Outgoing Fringe chair Keith Savage was unable to attend but sent a report in which he looked back on a spectacular Fringe40 event that was “almost 20% bigger than anything we’d ever seen”, with a significant increase in ticket sales.

He said, “if you did anything at all to make Buxton Fringe 2019 happen then please accept our thanks. From displaying posters to sweeping streets, to opening venues, to daring to perform in front of strangers—we couldn’t have done it without you.”

He added, “being part of the Buxton Fringe was one of the best things that I’ve done.”

Walker thanked Savage for his “tireless” work and said he hoped continue “that spirit of openness to new ideas and ways of doing things” with the help of his committee of “active, intelligent people”.

The 2020 Fringe will run from 1 until 19 July. Entries open online on 1 December.