The Mayor of Wolverhampton's chosen charities are £1,098 better off thanks to the success of the city's inaugural Festival of Food and Drink.

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In line with tradition, the Mayor, Councillor Elias Mattu, has chosen a selection of charities which he and the Mayoress will raise money for over the year.

His chosen charities are Interfaith Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Sickle Cell Care Centre, Street Pastors, Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre and Acorns Children's Hospice.

More than 18,500 people attended the Festival of Food and Drink last month, with free tickets on offer.

Just over 1,000 visitors chose to pay on the gate, with half of the receipts going to the Mayor's chosen charities and the other half to event costs.

Mayor Mattu said: "I'm tremendously proud of holding our first festival of food and drink which bought so many new visitors to the city and gave residents an opportunity to have a fabulous family day out.

"I'd like to thank the promoter for his kind donation and for everyone involved in making the weekend an occasion to remember.

"The money will be divided between the charities to boost the important work they all do."

Festival of Food and Drink organiser William Power, of Street Banquet and Director of E11EVEN GROUP, added: "The Festival of Food and Drink was a great success, enjoyed by thousands of people, and I'm delighted it also delivered the added bonus of helping these fantastic charities."

  • released: Friday 4 August, 2017