Preview: Portishead Carnival ready after ‘overwhelming’ community support

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 June 2018

Portishead carnival 4 of 4

Portishead carnival 4 of 4

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The carnival will return to Portishead’s streets this weekend after ‘overwhelming’ community support secured its future.

Portishead Carnival will begin at noon on Saturday at the Lake Grounds before making its way through the High Street and ending at the flower show field.

Stalls, games and music will also be put on for visitors, as well as the great array of floats.

Entertainment on the field will come from the likes of Curious Little Big Band, The Barnacle Buoys and The Funky Dillys.

Portishead DJs Matt Bennett and Jon Gradwell will also play in the beer tent during the event.

The future of the carnival was secured at the end of May thanks to a £5,000 grant from Portishead Town Council following a late sponsorship withdrawal by the Old Mill pub.

MORE: Town council gives carnival grant.

But thanks to the council’s donation and support from businesses, organisers Jemma Cooper and Wendy Watkins are confident the event will continue for ‘generations to come’.

They said: “We are phenomenally grateful to all the organisations that stepped forward to help us.

“These organisations truly know the value of community.

“We owe them a great deal and their generosity is very much appreciated.

“Without that support it was touch and go whether we would have made enough to cover this year’s costs plus have enough left over for future years.

“We would also, of course, like to thank the whole town for the overwhelming emotional and moral support we received when the story hit the headlines.

“We would like to thank everyone who has bought carnival programmes and everyone who puts money in the buckets on carnival day.

“Everyone in Portishead has really played their part this year in ensuring the event’s success for future generations to come.”

All roads around the flower show field, in Clapton Lane, will be off limits from 1-3pm while access to the High Street between Wyndham Way and St Peters Road will be restricted from 12.15-1pm.

Roads around the Lake Grounds will be closed from noon to 12.30pm.

Programmes, priced £2.50, are available from Morgan-Westley in High Street and Mark’s Barber Shop in The Triangle and allow for cheaper entry to the flower show field

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