Carnival future in doubt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:40 29 October 2010

Weston Carnival.; 16-11-09

Weston Carnival.; 16-11-09

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THE long-term future of the Weston Carnival is in doubt as organisers say that fresh blood is needed to organise future years' events.

Obtaining funding has also been a big problem in recent years, with local businesses and the council less forthcoming in giving money towards the event.

Donations have fallen in the last few years while the costs for putting the event on have risen, and carnival committee members have urged the public to show their support at the upcoming event on November 15.

In particular this year’s event has lacked the support it previously had from the town’s hoteliers and pub and restaurant owners, all of whom benefit from a boom in business on the night of the carnival.

Carnival committee chairman Brian Coombs said: “I went into one restaurant to ask and they just said no, straight up to my face.

“The amount of donations towards running the event has fallen by about half in the last ten years: back in 2001/02 we had about £22,000 for the carnival, and now we have around £11,000.

“I think a problem we face, as well as other organisations such as the rotary clubs, is the general level of apathy.

“There are fewer people becoming involved which is a problem. We would like a new generation to help take on the organisation of these events, but we need people who will be committed and who would work all year round.”

This year’s carnival is set to follow the same diverted route as last year, with the floats going from Locking Street car park, down Regent Street towards the seafront, before turning left towards the Tropicana.

It will then proceed down Clarence Road North and Walliscote Road, before heading back to Station Road.

There will be no parking on the route from 4pm and road closures will be in place from 6pm (Beach Road from 4pm).

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