Carnival in doubt as funding pulled

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A POPULAR town carnival faces an uncertain future – unless a new sponsor for the event can be found.

Organisers of Wirksworth’s annual carnival, which has been running for 100 years, say it has been thrown in to jeopardy after the main sponsor for the event pulled out.

The cash short-fall means this year’s carnival could be the last.

Organiser Chris Booth said: “The carnival faces its biggest challenge over the next 18 months and we are desperate to find a sponsor.

“It could put next year’s carnival in danger.”

Over the years the celebration, which this year will be held on May 30, has gone from strength to strength with last year’s ‘music mania’ theme seeing three marching bands, floats and residents in fancy dress parading through the town.

It has also raised hundreds of pounds for good causes in Wirksworth and brought visitors to the town.

Chris said: “Wirksworth carnival over the last few years has been so successful that the current committee wish to see this continue, we have seen a greater attendance for the carnival and we want to do so much more than just put on the yearly event, it is the aim of the committee to apply for charity status and also apply for grants.

“Without a main sponsor or several sponsor’s to help to cover the cost of staging our local event and activities we will be forced to make this our last carnival.”

This year the committee has pulled out the stops to make the event the biggest to date with ‘Titan the robot’ as the main attraction in the arena, Titan has performed all over the world and recently been on a nation wide tour with pop group JLS.

The event needs over £1,500 to ensure it continues.

The main sponsor would have four banner’s around the arena advertising their business and will also be advertised on Titan, on all poster’s and the carnival programme.

To help out contact Chris by emailing chrisb@btinternet.com or call 07849000653.