Attleborough Carnival parade on the brink
A south Norfolk carnival is on the brink of being cancelled if no-one submits a float for the parade within the next two weeks.Organisers behind Attleborough Carnival, which used to have more than 40 entrants, said it is the first time that not one float has been put forward for the annual event which is due to take place on June 20.
A south Norfolk carnival is on the brink of being cancelled if no-one submits a float for the parade within the next two weeks.
Organisers behind Attleborough Carnival, which used to have more than 40 entrants, said it is the first time that not one float has been put forward for the annual event which is due to take place on June 20.
John Taylor, chairman of the carnival committee, said if interest does not pick up by the end of April the procession, along with the accompanying fun day, may have to be scrapped.
'We have gone from having about 30 floats to nothing and it's a real shame,' he said.
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'In recent years we've had very few floats and people moaned. They don't seem to realise that the carnival people do not supply the floats. We're volunteers at the end of the day.'
Mr Taylor said despite sending out letters to the town's schools, businesses and clubs in the New Year, only a children's group have submitted an entry for a walking float but this doesn't involve a vehicle.
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He added that without a procession and with funds being increasingly tight, the committee may be tempted not to go ahead with the family fun day on the recreation ground, in Thieves Lane, because it would not feel like a carnival.
Music acts have already been booked for party on the park, which is still set to take place the evening before.
'We could still go ahead with the fun day but people don't see that as a carnival. If it doesn't go ahead this year then we might just have party on the park in the future,' said Mr Taylor.
An illuminated parade is also being planned for this year's winter carnival, due to go ahead in November.