Shake off apathy and get involved, say team

ORGANISERS of Todmorden Carnival are urging townspeople to shake off their apathy and get involved in this year’s event.

Thousands of people enjoy the carnival each year but organisers are increasingly frustrated that more people will not get involved as either part of the team or taking part in events on the day.

Carnival chairman Philip Clarke said: “I have a committee of six and sometimes you feel like saying ‘I’ve had enough’,” he said.

“This year marshalling could be a problem and we may have to pay for some, but the idea of the carnival is to raise some money for charity.”

Running costs for the big day have also to be covered and this year the committee have been working to very tight financial parameters, said Mr Clarke.

This year’s event, which will include a display by a motor cycle stunt team, takes place on Saturday, May 28, and with an exotic theme of the Far East he is hoping more people will be encouraged to use their imaginations and enter the parade.

He said just one school - Shade - had so far entered the procession, for example, and he hoped more groups, organisations, pubs and the like would respond.

Mr Clarke said he found it puzzling because as well as having a great time, helping make the parade bigger and brighter and sealing the event’s success, there was also some good prize money to be won - a first prize of £200 for the foot tableaux, for example, with £100 for second place and £50 for third.

Individual fancy dress and the tug-of-war competition also carried good prize money.

Charity stalls are free on the carnival field at Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road - and Mr Clarke said he was surpised that more did not take advantage of promoting themselves with potentially a very large audience.

For entry forms, or to book a stall, you can contact Mr Clarke by telephone on 01706 816819.

Pre-day tickets are now on sale at Todmorden newsagents and at Lifestyle Express on Halifax Road - pre-day tickets are just £1, with on-the-day prices £3 for adults and £2 for OAPs. Children under five get in free.

Thousands of people often line the town’s streets for the parade.

And with the parade usually getting under way at lunchtime, a full afternoon of entertainment is in store.