Warsop Carnival could be cancelled next year

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Next year’s Warsop Carnival is in danger of being scrapped - unless volunteers step forward to offer their help.

The town’s flagship event is held every summer and always attracts thousands of revellers.

But committee numbers and on-the-day stewards have dwindled and unless volunteers come forward at the general meeting next week, there is every chance it could be shelved.

Parish councillor and carnival volunteer, Adrian Hardy, explained: “There’s normally about 12 people on the committee and we need about 50 people helping out, selling programmes on the day, erecting fences, car parking and litter picking.

“At the last meeting, there were just two people volunteering, if it continues like that it won’t go ahead.

“We need people to step forward for both.

“There had been several people on it for a number of years but have decided they’ve had enough or have other commitments.

“It would be rather sad if we have to cancel it if we don’t get enough people.”

A carnival, in one shape or another, has been held in Warsop since the early 20th century.

The current format - consisting of fairground rides, stalls, live music , parades and demonstrations - has proved a success for almost 30 years.

This year’s event proved such a hit that a profit was turned, money that is ploughed back into organising future carnivals.

But for the one-day festival, Coun Hardy says it takes up to nine months of organising, and with the date set for July 3 next year, time is running out.

“For the community, it would be devastating if it didn’t go ahead, “ added Coun Hardy.

“It’s one of the biggest free carnival events in the county and is usually very well attended , there are thousands

there.

“The issue has been brought before the parish council and they are really concerned about what is going to happen - they really want it to go ahead.”

Volunteers are now being urged to attend the general meeting, which will be held next Thursday, October 15, at Warsop Town Hall, starting at 6pm.