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Walton urged to keep carnival afloat

PUBLISHED: 11:12 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

ORGANISERS of a community carnival are tonight holding their annual meeting - and appealing for people to come along and get involved.

Walton Carnival at Felixstowe has been facing an uncertain future, but the organising committee is determined not to let it die and hope there will be an injection of new blood to boost the event for next summer.

ORGANISERS of a community carnival are tonight holding their annual meeting – and appealing for people to come along and get involved.

Walton Carnival at Felixstowe has been facing an uncertain future, but the organising committee is determined not to let it die and hope there will be an injection of new blood to boost the event for next summer.

Like all carnivals, it is facing a battle against apathy but believes the public wants the event to continue.

It may be that the event, traditionally held on the second Sunday in June, might need radical changes to give it a fresh lease of life.

Committee treasurer Andrew Spraggons said: "We would just say to people, please don't be shy – just come along and find out more!

"We would love to have a few more people on the committee to keep it going, bring in new ideas, and make sure we can produce the best event we can. We hope people will come along on the night to find out what is involved and see if they can help in any way.

"Lots of people always turn out on the day, so we feel sure people want a carnival. It also raises money for good causes and is a part of Walton."

The annual meeting – at which cash from this year's event will be distributed to local charities, and the new committee appointed – takes place tonight at Walton Community Hall, Walton High Street, at 7.15pm.

The carnival began 11 years ago to foster greater community spirit in Walton, the fiercely-independent northern part of Felixstowe which is much older than the resort and still regards itself as a separate village.

This year's carnival suffered several problems – including a lack of publicity in Walton, vandalism of equipment just the day before, and then heavy rain on the afternoon which sent everyone scurrying for cover and then home.

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