Reprieve for town carnival

AXBRIDGE'S Blackberry Carnival has been saved thanks to a handful of helpers who stepped forward at the last minute. Organisers feared they might not be able to put on the event this year due to a lack of volunteers and high running costs. But at the carn

AXBRIDGE'S Blackberry Carnival has been saved thanks to a handful of helpers who stepped forward at the last minute.Organisers feared they might not be able to put on the event this year due to a lack of volunteers and high running costs.But at the carnival committee's annual general meeting three people offered to help run the event and organisers say they now have enough members to save it.Chairman Robin Goodfellow said: "We are delighted to have more people to help us but we still need some willing hands to help us on the day."The Blackberry Carnival is being held on September 22 and the carnival queen and princesses will be crowned at the St John the Baptist Church fete on June 30.The carnival attracts crowds to The Square for a colourful procession and funfair and the theme for this year's event will be announced in the next few weeks.Organisers are also looking for people to help fund-raise towards the running costs. Committee members hope to cover the cost of the event and give any left over cash to charity.Tickets for the carnival raffle will be on sale from June 2 at the Axbridge farmers' market.For more details or to volunteer to help organise the event or fund-raise call Robin on 01934 732874.


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