New bid to revive N.Walsham carnival

A Norfolk carnival which was scrapped, brought back to life and then cancelled again in the space of a few months looks set to make a return next July.

A Norfolk carnival which was scrapped, brought back to life and then cancelled again in the space of a few months looks set to make a return next July.

But if the North Walsham carnival is to make a reappearance after a gap of a year, more committee members are needed to share the burden of organisation, said the man behind the plans.

Wayne Bartle appeared to be the saviour of the event this time last year, when he said he would take on the reins from a committee which had resigned due to a combination of work commitments and a lack of help from the community.

But last night Mr Bartle reaffirmed his commitment to staging the event on July 11 and 12 next year.


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“We need committee members, around six would be the minimum number,” said Mr Bartle.

“I have been talking to members of the old carnival team, who have given me a lot of advice.

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“And I have also been speaking a lot to other carnivals for some tips from them.”

And Mr Bartle said the key problem which got in the way of this year's event, a lack of communication on his part between him and the town council, would be resolved for the coming year.

Earlier this year, when the town council made their decision not to allow the event to go ahead on the land they run at the Memorial Park, councillors voted to “look favourably” on a 2009 event “provided information is submitted well beforehand”.

Mr Bartle said he had already been discussing the possibility of a fete, bands including the Ugly Dog Skiffle Band and other attractions for the carnival.

He can be contacted on 07876 117113 and at newimagesounds@hotmail.co.uk.

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