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Carnival plea for volunteers

Last year’s carnival procession

DORCHESTER’S June carnival will be cancelled this year – unless enough volunteers come forward by Monday, May 22nd.

The volunteer committee behind the carnival met this Monday evening and decided that without the necessary level of safety cover the event could not go ahead on June 17th.

“We are having to say that our deadline for marshals will be 12noon on Monday 22nd May.

“Very sadly, if we do not get them we will be cancelling the carnival procession purely down to not being able to provide a safe environment both for the participants and spectators.

“We’ll be gutted if it does get pulled, especially for the groups and clubs who have been working on their entries,” said committee co-chair Debs Thomas.

The committee is looking for people over the age of 18 who can carry out a number of roles, including blocking traffic, walking alongside floats to ensure safety and overseeing marshalling at the start and finish of the procession which is due to take place between 4pm and 7pm.

This year’s event has the theme of A Night at the Movies with much of the activity based around Brewery Square.

The event was previously run by Dorchester Round Table but they pulled out after their membership dwindled. Their involvement is now limited to running the four-legged race in the week leading up to carnival and helping with the Party in the Park – both of which are still expected to go ahead whatever happens to the procession.

The carnival fun fair will also be in the market in the days leading up to June 17th. Among those organisations which had responded to the plea for help is Dorchester 41 Club, an organisation for former Round Tablers, and most of whose members have been involved in carnival in the past.

“We couldn’t stand aside and let the event falter for want of a few hours help,” said a spokesman for the club.

Any offers of help should be made via email to carnival.dorchester@gmail.com

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