Roll up to save Skegness Carnival

Skegness Carnival Queen and Princesses ready for this weekend's procession. Photo: Barry Robinson
Skegness Carnival Queen and Princesses ready for this weekend's procession. Photo: Barry Robinson

Thousands of visitors could be seeing the last Skegness Carnival procession this weekend unless more volunteers and donations come forward.

Carnival Week has been a popular tradition in the resort for at least 70 years but, with just days to go, the committee are concerned about the future of the event.

We desperately need more donations and volunteers, especially to help with tasks such as putting up stalls and dismantling them at the end of the day

Paul Dixon, chairman of Skegness Carnival committee

Paul Dixon, chairman of the team of volunteers who have been working since last year’s carnival to organise a week of fun for the community and visitors, said: “Normally at this stage we have enough funds to enable next year’s event to happen, but this time we haven’t.

“Changes in legislation mean carnivals are very expensive to put on, with road closures and security to pay for.

“We desperately need more donations and volunteers, especially to help with tasks such as putting up stalls and dismantling them at the end of the day.”

Sunday afternoon’s carnival procession marks the start of Carnival Week. Mr Dixon said: “Last year’s procession was the biggest ever. The event brings people to the town who contact us to find out when it is on so they can book a hotel. We want it to remain a tradition in the town.”

CARNIVAL WEEK EVENTS

Myths and Legends is the theme of this year’s carnival procession. It starts on Sunday at 12.30pm at Tesco car park in Richmond Drive and winds its way through the town and along the seafront.

Also on Sunday there will be a family fun day in Tower Gardens. There will be plenty of stalls of all types, games and loads of live entertainment.

On Monday the fun moves to the beach, where there is a children’s treasure hunt, a pavement art competition and a sandcastle competition.

For full details of the week, visit www.skegnesscarnival.co.uk