No Portishead Carnival in 2019

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2018

Portishead Carnival, Highdown School.

Portishead Carnival, Highdown School.

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Next year’s Portishead Carnival has been cancelled after organisers decided to review the event’s future.

The procession through the High Street and fair at the flower show field has been a highlight in the town’s calendar for many years, but volunteers Jemma Cooper and Wendy Watkins have opted to take a year off after a turbulent 2018.

But, they say the carnival procession will be seen through the streets of Portishead ‘for generations to come’.

The carnival always draws a big crowd, with community groups donning costumes, creating floats and parading through before gathering at the flower show field to enjoy a brimming selection of games and entertainment.

June’s event was in danger of being cancelled after The Old Mill, which was due to sponsor the carnival, went into administration – leaving the organisers desperately trying to plug a £5,000 shortfall.

Businesses and Portishead’s town council rallied to ensure the event went ahead.

Jemma said: “We understand some people may be disappointed there won’t be a carnival next June, but we have been running it for a long time and feel a break is due to look at how we do things in the future.

“We also know our volunteers give up a lot of time throughout the year to make everything happen and we want to give them a break too.

“We were overwhelmed this year by the support we received when we lost our sponsor.

“Local businesses and residents were very generous which has ensured the event’s future for generations to come.

“We would like to once again say a huge thank you to them.

“But the thought that this year’s event could actually have been our last made us think about the future and how things will be run.

“Rest assured, we will be back.”

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