Volunteers needed to help save Sidmouth Carnival

Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4171-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4171-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Carnival has less than a month to find new blood or faces folding, says the chairman of the popular event.

This year’s parade is in doubt - with volunteer numbers dwindling to as low as seven - unless helpers come forward by the annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 3.

Chairman Terry Clarke said: “We cannot continue with the people we have. It’s definitely quite a possibility we will fold. I just cannot see where the extra people will come from, but we will keep our fingers crossed.

“The last three or four years, it has been getting worse and worse. You cannot do the jobs of three or four people.”

The carnival is looking for new officers, including a treasurer, committee members and collectors for carnival night, scheduled for September 24.

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The event has been entertaining Sid Valley crowds since 1979.

The annual meeting will take place at the 1922 Social Club, Church Street, on Tuesday, May 3, at 7.30pm.

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If you can help, call Terry Clarke on 01395 568815.

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