Carnival saved from cancellation as town's people step up to help

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 May 2017

Axbridge Blackberry Fair and Carnival.

Axbridge Blackberry Fair and Carnival.

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Axbridge's under-threat Blackberry Carnival has been saved from the chopping block after the town's people stepped in to rescue it.

The carnival – which is accompanied by a three-day fair – is one of the town’s most popular events and has been celebrated for almost 50 years.

It has attracted thousands of people to the town over the past half a century and is one of Axbridge’s main social events.

But the carnival – which is held in September to coincide with the berry-picking season – was at risk of being called off after the few remaining members of its committee revealed plans to step down.

However, town councillor Bev Davies has now taken over as chairman to help ensure the carnival goes ahead for many years to come.

She said: “There are nine of us in the new working party so this year’s carnival is definitely going ahead.

“There will not be a theme this year as we want to encourage as many people as possible to join in and make a float.

“We have had a lot of support from people in the town and it showed how much they care.”

The carnival’s new working party has begun raising much-needed funds for the event.

Bev said: “It costs £600 to cover the costs of the insurance and marshalling alone so we need to raise a lot of money before September.

“We have got a smashing team who are all very proactive and willing to do their part for the carnival.

“We also have a lot of people who have offered to do something to help out.”

The Blackberry Carnival will take place on September 23 in The Square.

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