Carnival organisers boosted by grant offer

By Nigel Slater 19/04 Updated: 26/04 13:21

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THE COMMITTEE organising this year's Pershore Carnival have received a huge boost after receiving almost £10,000 to host a special evening concert.

The grant of £9,900 from The Big Lottery Fund will allow members of the Pershore Carnival committee to go ahead with plans to take the celebrations into the night on carnival day scheduled for Monday June 4.

As previously reported, this year's Pershore Carnival will adopt a Jubilee theme taking place on the weekend of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Abbey Park.

The money will help the committee pay for vital equipment such as staging, lighting and other technicalities for the concert which will feature acts including the Garry Alcock Big Band, local rockers SJS and an Elvis impersonator.

Robert Speight, member of the carnival committee and town councillor, said being offered the grant was a huge relief to the committee members and is hoping history will not repeat itself when bad weather ruined last year's carnival.

"It has taken a long time but we are pleased we can start moving forward," he said. "At the moment it's a conditional offer but when we send the paperwork it should be all okay for us to plan ahead.

"We've been trying to get it since January and the idea now is to have a Big Band concert on the night of the carnival day. The and we will also have local band SJS playing and an Elvis impersonator

"If we had not got this grant it would have a been a very low key event but now we have got the money we can look forward to a great night subject to the weather of course. We are all praying for there to be sun on the day and the rain stays away."

Meanwhile at a full town council meeting held on Thursday (April 12) councillors voted for the town council to also host its own celebration concert on the Jubilee weekend and to work with the carnival committee to help save costs.

The town council will stage a Last Night of the Proms style concert on Saturday June 2 performed by the West Mercia Regiment and followed by a grand fireworks finale.

Pershore Mayor John Grantham said at the meeting: "These events don't come everyday. This is a once in a lifetime event and it is important Pershore celebrates it."

Councillors Robert Speight and Chris Parsons will co-ordinate the two events in partnership with the town council helping to pay for the carnival's concert.

THE CARNIVAL committee has had to pull the plug on plans to have a Pershore's Got Talent competition for this year's event. The cancellation comes due to a lack of entrants and the audition date arranged for Sunday (April 22) at Pershore Town Football Club has been scrapped.

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