Once upon a time…Wessex shuttles for Storytelling Festival

AN EVENT taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan next month (July, 2016) to promote storytelling has received some environmentally-sound transport support from one of our dealership in Cardiff to ensure everyone gets a happy ending.

Our Nissan dealership on Hadfield Road is one of the principal sponsors for the Beyond the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival at St Donat’s Castle on July 1 until 3 and we’re offering visitors an eco-friendly shuttle service.

Alec Travillian, our Innovation Specialist, explained: “We’re delighted we are able to support the three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world. We will be offering a shuttle service from Llantwit Major station to St Donat’s Castle in our eco-friendly, 100% electric Nissan Leaf.

“On the Friday evening it will be a first come first serve basis for the shuttle service but we will be taking bookings for the service on Saturday and Sunday. People who would like to be transported from the train station to the festival can book by emailing James.richardson@wessexgarages.co.uk and we will confirm times and availability. We are only able to carry four people per trip.”

Wessex Garages will also be attending the event to display a Nissan Leaf for people to have a close look at. The vehicle is the world’s most popular and successful electric car to date and is now available with a 30kW battery option, which would power around 150 miles.

Alec added: “There are many benefits of switching to an electric vehicle such as the low running costs and of course the environmental aspects. The Sunderland-built, electric Nissan Leaf is also cheaper to run on a per-mile basis than petrol/diesel and as all-electric vehicles have less moving parts than their petrol or diesel counterparts they will need less frequent servicing too.

“People are welcome to come along to the festival to see the car and chat to us about its green benefits.”

Beyond the Border exists to create, encourage and promote traditional storytelling for contemporary audiences. The festivals vision is to ‘bring the world to Wales, and take Wales to the world’.

In addition to the event the organisers run events and projects year-round to build audiences for storytelling and to communicate its power to entertain, transform and inform people’s lives.

Becka Rickard, Company Manager at the Beyond the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival, said: “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Wessex Garages’ for offering the shuttle service for the event. Its support is a great help and we hope lots of people take advantage of the service.

“Due to Wessex Garages’ help we also qualified to apply for a CultureStep application and we managed to receive a further £600 from Arts & Business Cymru. This has enabled us to send more storytellers into schools to give performances and workshops. We will be transporting them in an electric car from Wessex and telling stories in and around the car on environmental themes.”

For more information about the festival, please visit www.beyondtheborder.com.

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