Carnival lifeline will ensure event’s survival
A NEW lifeline has been given to Kenilworth Carnival which could see the event thrive and even grow in the years to come.
The future of the event, which was under threat due to escalating costs, now seems much brighter as local businesses have started pulling together to help keep ‘Family fun and smiles since 1926’ alive.
Following news that English Heritage was going to charge for the carnival floats to use Kenilworth castle car park, and Warwickshire Police was withdrawing traffic management support, resulting in the carnival committee having to fund a private traffic management firm, local businessman Simon Cockell approached the committee and has created an 80th anniversary brochure which is expected to attract lots of sponsors.
Mr Cockell said: “We are progressing very well with the new branding and identity brochure for this year’s carnival, which will be launched on Saturday June 12 at the Almanack.
“But now we need local companies who can benefit from the carnival bringing business to them, to contact me about making this the most memorable 80th carnival.
“There are too many names to mention at the moment who have helped and supported us so far in getting to this stage of the proceedings. All thank yous will be publicised in the brochure.
“If we were to have 80 sponsors of £50, this would make a considerable impact on the day and reward the hard efforts the committee and friends do free of charge.”
All money raised through the carnival on Saturday July 7 will go towards funding the carnival and to a local charity, yet to be named. Last year more than £4,000 was raised for Waverley Day Centre.
As well as appealing for sponsors, the carnival committee is also looking for all former Kenilworth Carnival Queens to come forward and take part in this year’s 80th birthday celebrations.
As well as being encouraged to join in this year’s procession, all former queens are invited to join this year’s Carnival Queen Rosy Smith, new town mayor Cllr George Illingworth, carnival sponsors and committee members at a VIP champagne reception to launch the 80th Kenilworth Carnival along with its new logo and branding.
The launch evening is being hosted by The Almanack in Abbey End, on Tuesday June 12.
Anne Brough, committee chair, said: “It’s a very exciting year for us and we hope that as many of our former queens as possible will come forward as we would really like them to join us as we celebrate the carnival’s 80th birthday.
“We are looking forward now in a positive direction to make sure the carnival event in the town stays strong for years to come.”
Former queens who would like to attend the champagne launch or take part in this year’s carnival procession are asked to contact Anne Brough on 777103 or AnneBrough@ntlworld.com
For information on a variety of sponsorship packages, from £50 to £500, contact Simon Cockell on 07748 980739 or email@example.com
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