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Boost for Lions will keep carnival alive

Ilkeston Carnival, parade through town centre and carnival at Rutland Recreation Ground.

Ilkeston Carnival, parade through town centre and carnival at Rutland Recreation Ground.

Ilkeston Carnival will certainly go ahead next year after the group that organises the showpiece event managed to double in size.

The Ilkeston Lions club sprung into action to try and secure new members after fears were voiced that the flagship carnival could be in jeopardy because of their dwindling numbers.

In a bid to bolster the club’s ranks, the group held a membership drive for anyone interested in joining and an appeal was run by the ‘Tiser earlier this month.

Membership chairman Laura Rigby said: “We’re really happy to say we now have five new members.

“We’ve had people contact us from various ads and the group has now doubled in size.”

As well as new members, the club has attracted more attention and now has a bank of other volunteers who are willing to help them out.

“I’m really pleased. This means we’re not going anywhere, we’re fighting on,” said 35-year-old mum-of-two Laura.

The Ilkeston Lions are the driving force behind the carnival and next year’s renewal, scheduled for Saturday June 13, will be the 25th presented by the club.

“There will be a carnival next year come hell or high water!” added Laura.

The club has been running for more than 30 years and its very existence was placed in doubt by a lack of members.

In a bid to continue bolstering the membership, it is hoping to hold similar events to recruit members every six months, but is always on the lookout for new faces.

Anyone interested in getting involved should call Laura on 07967886463.

 

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