Community help vital to make town carnival a reality

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Hopes that a Sudbury carnival will be staged this year have been rekindled.

A committee of volunteers has been set up to organise the event, which has not taken place in the town since the 1970s, with the belief that, with the backing of residents and businesses, it can be held this summer.

A number of shops in the area have already been approached about getting involved and have shown interest.

“While being enthused by the early interest shown, we are hoping that considerably more businesses and individuals commit themselves to supporting the carnival in the town,” said carnival chairman and town councillor Jack Owen.

“The last time we held one must be almost 30 years ago, so it would be nice if the whole town joined in.”

Mr Owen first mooted the idea of bringing back the carnival, which would see a procession begin and end at the Delphi Centre in Newton Road, in June.

A few months later, it was decided the event would be put on hold until 2015, due to the time and cost of arranging the finer details.

But with a committee of 14 members and aspirations to take that number to 20, the plans are back on track, with the carnival taking place on August 23.

“We are contacting all organisations in Sudbury and the surrounding villages, to get involved so that it will be a weekend to truly remember,” said Mr Owen.

He added that the committee was still looking to get lorries for the event.

“We are experiencing some difficulty in securing suitable vehicles but are still trying to sort this out,” said Mr Owen.

A carnival queen and princesses dance is also be planned and is due to be held in May.

To support the carnival, call Mr Owen on 01787 374025.