A meeting is taking place tonight in an attempt to stage an eleventh hour rescue of Eastleigh’s annual carnival. The popular crowd pulling procession– the highlight of a week fundraising events – has fallen victim to rising costs , shortage of funds and a lack of volunteers, the same cocktail of woes that has caused many town carnivals to fold over the years.
Eastleigh’s carnival is due to celebrate it 125 anniversary this year and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Carnival Association Chairman Penny Alford, writing on the Carnival association website, blamed a lack of interest saying that youngsters regarded the carnival as ‘uncool’.
Eastleigh Local Area Committee have previously given the event financial support and organisers have been attending a meeting at Eastleigh’s Civic Offices chaired by Cllr Chris Thomas – who defends his Eastleigh South seat in the local elections next week and is also Chair of ELAC – in an attempt to work out some way of rescuing this summer’s festivities.
In 2009 local businessman, undertaker Paul Capper, stepped in and saved the carnival with a £4K donation.
Eastleigh’s millionaire MP Chris Huhne told the Daily Echo:
“This is very sad news for the town. Eastleigh Carnival was due to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year and it is a great shame that this fantastic community event won’t make it to this historic landmark.”
Over the years the carnival has been racked by its share of problems and has supplied Eastleigh Daily Echo hacks with it’s share of headlines
A short history of Eastleigh Carnival:
“We have decided that we would try one more time this year but if it fails this time then it will be the last carnival procession that Eastleigh will have.”
Paul Capper chucks £4k into the pot
2006 Police fees rethink
Carnival is saved again after Police reduce their fees
Keith House: “They seem to have got hold of the wrong end of the stick”
Eastleigh Carnival committee has issued an SOS plea for volunteers
2001 Carnival rescued!
…and finds them!
“a question mark still hangs over the long-term future of the 113-year-old event as ticket sales for the week’s shows fail to hit the mark”
Carnival princess drops out last minute!