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Mounting costs put carnival in jeopardy

PUBLISHED: 14:58 09 June 2009 | UPDATED: 08:15 01 August 2010

THE annual Halesworth Carnival planned for next weekend could be the last the town's Lions Club organises.

The club warned yesterday as final preparations are made for the colourful and popular parade on June 14, that the mounting cost of staging it and the reduction in the amount of sponsorship, its future was in grave danger.

THE annual Halesworth Carnival planned for next weekend could be the last the town's Lions Club organises.

The club warned yesterday as final preparations are made for the colourful and popular parade on June 14, that the mounting cost of staging it and the reduction in the amount of sponsorship, its future was in grave danger.

Lions president Mandy Hawksley spelt it out as she said: “In this unsettled economic climate, we are seriously worried about the future of our Carnival. The cost of putting on the event is increasing, as the entertainment is costing more but our sponsors, who have been brilliant over the past years, are feeling the pinch themselves and are therefore having to tighten their belts, which has a knock on effect with less money for sponsoring.

“Halesworth Lions see the Carnival as a day for the whole town to enjoy and do not expect to make money from the event but we do need to cover our costs - as a charity we can't make a loss. The club members are all volunteers and give their time willingly, and this year's will be going ahead with the usual great line up in the main ring, and procession finishing with the annual duck race.”

The spectacular carnival starts with the grand procession leaving Bramfield Industrial Estate at 1pm, arriving in the main town car park in time for the children's fancy dress in the main ring (back in the town park), judged by one of your favourite Beach radio DJ's. Age groups are 5 and under, 6 to 11 and 12 to 15.

People are encouraged to take along their favourite pet for the fun pet show, again sponsored by Skinners and Nolly's Pet Shop - the Lions are grateful for their continued support.

The Reydon Marching Band will lead the procession, with this year's Queen, Shelby Cunningham, and Princess Kayliegh Bertrum, with the ever popular Suffolk Samba Band bringing up the rear. Both groups will be performing in the main room along with Razz the Clown, Punch and Judy shows will be taking place throughout the afternoon, The afternoon culminates with the annual Duck Race.

Go along and enjoy what may be the last great carnival and fete in halesworth. More details at www.halesworthlions.org.uk

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