Carnival in crisis
SANDY S carnival is in crisis and in danger of being cancelled. For over half a century the carnival has been the centrepiece of the town s summer events calendar. Last year the carnival committee struggled to get public interest and in the end there was
SANDY'S carnival is in crisis and in danger of being cancelled. For over half a century the carnival has been the centrepiece of the town's summer events calendar.
Last year the carnival committee struggled to get public interest and in the end there was just one float and the rest was just a walking parade made up of local schoolchildren and organisations.
This year, despite sending out over 60 letters to local schools and organisations, there has been no interest at all.
"There have been no responses," said Sandy Carnival chairman Jan Shrieves.
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"It is very disappointing and we are a carnival in crisis.
"Nobody seems interested and it could end up with us cancelling the event. Then people would start moaning they have lost the carnival.
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"We need help now. And I mean now. The carnival is scheduled to take place on June 15 and we should be making the plans now. But it is impossible with nobody showing any interest in having a float or even walking in the parade."
The carnival committee will be holding an emergency meeting on April 18 when the decision to cancel the event will be on the agenda.
"If we are going to cancel the carnival then we could make the decision that day," added Mrs Shrieves.
"Unless we have some support from the public to show they still want the carnival then there will be no alternative but to cancel it.
"There is just public apathy in the town and the committee is putting in a lot of hard work but at the end of the day we are getting nowhere.
"We have not only sent out a lot of letters costing a lot in postage but put up posters around the town and still the response has been nil.
"If the carnival is cancelled it might be lost for good and people would then start moaning. We need the public to get behind the carnival now or it will be lost."
Any organisations or schools wanting to help the carnival survive should contact Mrs Shrieves on 01767 682247.