Fears over future of town carnival

NILALM110903D8 - Stapleford Carnival. Long Eaton militaires
NILALM110903D8 - Stapleford Carnival. Long Eaton militaires

Organisers of Stapleford carnival may be forced to cancel this year if enough volunteers cannot be found to help run it.

The carnival has been running for 17 years but now needs people to act as street stewards after it lost police backing.

Katharine Stewart, who organises the event, said: “We need 40 volunteers and funding to put the parade on - as the police will not help marshal the parade and we need a traffic management plan which has to be paid for.

“It will be such a shame if the parade is no more, after 17 years with Notts - Derbys Hemlockstone Lions Club and years before that with no trouble whatsoever it seems to be so crazy - we had no idea at the end of the carnival last year that the parade might be the last one.”

Organisers are asking for help to save the parade which is set to take place on September 7 at Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “In the past we have taken a common sense approach in helping the county council with things such as road closures, however, along with forces up and down the country we are faced with financial constraints which mean that more than ever we have to prioritise our resources where there is the greatest demand.

“We try to attend and support as many public events as we can but we are not involved in running them, we are there to support them and be a presence for the public.”