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Join us plea to carnival carpers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

STUNG by criticism, organisers of a village carnival today hit back at people "having a go" and urged them to get behind their efforts instead of attacking them.

STUNG by criticism, organisers of a village carnival today hit back at people "having a go" and urged them to get behind their efforts instead of attacking them.

The committee of Trimley Carnival say they have received little support from villagers, who are lucky not to have lost the popular summer event.

They have faced criticism over the size of the procession, the activities and displays, and lack of meetings and events in the village.

But chairman Dave Cawdron retorted: "If it was not for our committee, the carnival would have been lost – other communities much bigger than ours have lost their events and we keep ours going through an enormous amount of work.

"We have been very hurt by the criticism of this year's event and we have been disgusted by it, too.

"We were a new committee and it was our first time, and we are learning all the while. But we have not been helped by the people of Trimley.

"The community is happy to turn out on the day to watch the procession and enjoy the field but few people want to help with all the preparation beforehand.

"Most of the committee come from Felixstowe and no matter how hard we tried no-one from Trimley seemed interested. Now we have three from Trimley.

"We have also held fundraising events, quiz nights and so on, in Trimley but we had to give up because no-one came. Now we hold them in Walton and Felixstowe. No-one from Trimley even asked to be a beneficiary – we had to choose them ourselves.

"At our annual meeting we gave away cash to local good causes – and those from Trimley didn't even bother to turn up to collect their cheques!

"The committee just wants the people of Trimley to get behind it and support it. We want to make the carnival bigger and better and we have got lots of ideas – but it's a lot of work and we cannot do it alone."

Mr Cawdron said the committee felt the carnival had been a varied and exciting day with lots of entertainment and it had been pleased with its first attempt.

The carnival gave away £400 to good causes – including 1st Felixstowe Scouts, Welcome Hall and Memorial Hall in Trimley, and the Ho Wang Kung Fu Academy, St John Ambulance and Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

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