Be part of the Leamington Carnival in July

Leamington Carnival is inviting entries for this year's procession with organisers announcing that the event is on a secure financial footing to take place in the summer.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 10:02 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 10:04 am
Jo Cameron (centre) along with Caroline Kempster (The Lettings People), Pam Henderson, MP Chris White and Liz Usher from Vogue. MHLC-27-02-16 Carnival NNL-160228-155130009

The event, which will take place on Saturday July 9, has attracted several sponsors and now has the backing of Leamington and Warwick MP Chris White.

Both floats and walking entries are being encouraged to come forward.

Jamie Walker, Event Chairman said: “We are now in a financially stable situation and we are now happy to accept applications, thanks to our sponsors, Leamington Town Council, Warwick KIA, SASCO and Warwick Printing”

“We’d encourage schools, charity, community groups and businesses of Leamington and surrounding areas to get involved in the procession. We’d like as many people as possible to enter this years event.”

Mr Walker added: “We hope people will enter in to the procession to support the carnival and make it one of the best.”

The carnival returned in 2014 after a 19-year hiatus but was cancelled for 2015 due to a lack of support.

But former contestant on The Apprentice, businesswoman and experienced event organiser Jo Cameron has teamed up with carnival committee chairman and CJs Events director Jamie Walker, businesswoman Caroline Kempster, Barclays Bank relationship director Kathy MacLauchlan and others to form an operational team to run the event.

The carnival will have the theme of gaming and technology to showcase Leamington’s reputation as ‘Silicon Spa’ and will raise money for charitable organisations and good causes based in and around the town.

The procession will last for between 45 minutes and an hour and will be followed by a festival at the Pump Room Gardens.

Leamington mayor cllr Amanda Stevens, said “I look forward to the re-birth of a vibrant carnival which will attract many people to our town centre and demonstrate the lively and diverse culture of our fine Town.

“I am pleased to see volunteers from across the Town coming forward to help with the organisation and hope that the Town Council’s support will encourage others to similar assistance.”

Another sponsor, Liz Usher of Vogue International salon in Bedford Street, said she has fond memories of the carnival and that having a float in the event would mark the anniversary of her business opening.