Fears over carnival

Party Time: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.
Party Time: Scenes from this year's Ambergate Carnival procession.

The organisers of Ambergate Carnival say the event is under threat unless new committee members can be found.

Treasurer Chris Worth told the News: “Despite a very well-attended and enjoyable event this year, at the annual general meeting held on September 30, only three of last year’s organisers were able to volunteer their help in 2014.

A final decision about the 2014 carnival will be taken at a meeting on Wednesday, December 11, in The Hurt Arms, Ambergate, at 7.30pm.

Chris added: “Volunteers are needed to commit to one meeting per month – maximum two hours – and help is needed to research and book attractions, stalls, rides and catering facilities, and produce publicity materials.”

The carnival has been running in one form or another since the 19th century.

It was organised by the Richard Johnson and Nephew Sports and Social Club Committee from the 1960s until 1981, when it moved to the recreation ground as the ‘Ambergate Event’ in June 1982.

Since then, the carnival has gradually evolved into a week-long programme of activities building up to the second Saturday in July.

The carnival celebrated its 3oth birthday in 2011.

Chris said: “Around ten years ago there was about 20 people on the committee. It is hard to find the time, but it is not a huge job.

“Once the infrastructure is in place it runs itself. We always gets a good turn-out and we are financially viable.

“But three of us cannot run it – if only for safety reasons. Another half a dozen volunteers would be ideal.”

Call 01773 850003 or 01773 853571 or go to the meeting.