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Help secure the future of Marple Carnival

Susan Hampshire

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A Just Giving crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help secure the future of Marple's annual carnival.

Around £5,000 is needed to enable the 2019 carnival to go ahead in June - and nearly £500 has already been given on the Just Giving website.

Committee member Teresa Dawson said that modern day regulations and costs have put further strain on the finances and the carnival now costs in excess of £10,000 to stage where once it cost less than half that. 

"The carnival is a spectacular event and one which we truly believe could stand up against any other town carnival. We don’t want to reduce the size of the carnival as all the elements combined are what give it its heart.''

Teresa said there are lots of hidden costs - such as hiring toilets - which add to the overall cost.

She said: "If everyone in Marple donated £1, then we could easily raise £23,000 which would secure the carnival for a number of years.''

The carnival, which is always held on the third weekend in June, has been established in Marple since the 1960s and always uses money raised on the day to donate to local good causes.

"Not only have we been supplying an event for charities to come along to and raise funds, but any penny we had always got ploughed back into the Marple Community. It is a sad fact this year, the carnival survival has kicked in and we have been unable to give donations to nearly any of the causes we were hoping to,'' said Teresa.

She said the £5,000 is needed to act as a buffer to allow the carnival to continue.

Organisers are still hoping the event can continue and have already decided on a `Marple Does the Decades' theme for the 2019 event. Schools and local groups are being encouraged to dress up and a carnival parade will hopefully take place.

The carnival committee would also like to hear from anyone interested in helping to organise the 2019 event.

Teresa said: "We always need more manpower so if you are interested, please email: marplecarnival@gmail.com

"The Just Giving page has been up and running for a couple of months and we have had some donations. However we do need considerably more so please help to save Marple Carnival if you can.''

To make a donation and help secure this annual event, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/marple-carnival