FORTY years after its establishment, Altrincham Festival is to be revamped for 2018.

The festival started in 1977, the Queen's silver jubilee year, run entirely by volunteers.

The management team have already started the process in registering the festival as a new Community Interest Company - an organisational format designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

They have also launched an online survey ( where the local people can offer suggestions, ideas and express an interest in becoming more closely involved. The survey closes on February 28.

Neil Taylor, one of the festival's directors said: “Our survey is on our website, the name of which reflects how the event serves the entire community, so we naturally welcome more involvement from individuals and organisations.

"We live in a rapidly changing world and are keen to keep delivering what people want.

"For 40 years, the Festival has provided fun and free entertainment, an opportunity to showcase local talent, to build lasting bonds, and raise profile and awareness. However, we recognise the importance of remaining inclusive and up-to-date. We are really looking forward to analysing responses from the public and engaging new people in the future of this event.”

Former festival chairman, Cllr Tony Fishwick, retired from the management team last year having contributed for 27 years.

He was thanked by the team for his years of service and presented with an engraved glass tankard and flowers. “There was once a day when I looked at Beech Fields and saw nothing but grass, but I was determined to see the expanse filled with entertainment for all and I feel we have done that over the years. While I will always support Altrincham Festival, the time has come for me to have a rest so I wish the team every success with the revamp.”

The festival is due to be held on Saturday, July 7.