New attractions announced for Skegness Carnival but more support needed

Skegness Carnival Committee says events like these will not continue without additional community support.
Skegness Carnival Committee says events like these will not continue without additional community support.

A vintage aeroplane fly-over and outdoor party are hoped to make this year’s Skegness Carnival ‘bigger and better than ever before’ - but organisers say the community must show greater support if it’s to survive beyond 2013.

Skegness Carnival Committee chairman Kris Bell has announced that two Battle of Britain relics, a Dakota and Spitfire, would be flying over the parade on Sunday, August 11, giving it a ‘really great presence’.

He also told Skegness Town and Area Marketing Partnership (STAMP) on Thursday that a carnival party would be taking place in Tower Gardens after the parade, featuring live music and entertainment until around 9.30pm.

“It will be bigger and better than it’s ever been before,” he said.

However Mr Bell also warned that the committee had come perilously close to permanently cancelling the carnival, following long-running difficulties funding the event and gaining the required community support to make it happen.

“I’m really struggling to get the community interested and involved so that they really feel like they are part of it,” he said.

“It’s costing us a lot of money and we don’t get enough support.

“It raises £1,000 but costs £7,500 to put on so we are desperate for businesses, not only to give us money but also to show that the event’s worthy of the town.

“For 25 years it’s been done by volunteers on a shoestring and all the other events we put on go towards funding it but now these people are getting very tied so it’s about time the community pulled together and help make it a success.”

Hiring marshals for last year’s event alone cost the committee £2,000 because there were too few volunteers to meet safety requirements after several people agreed to help but failed to attend.

In the hope of enticing more groups, businesses and organisations to create floats for this year’s parade, Mr Bell has recruited Steve Andrews to host workshops on sculpting models, like the ones he displays in the Hildreds Centre, to widespread acclaim.

If you would like to find out about the workshops or support the committee contact Mr Bell on 07742 413675.