‘Use it or lose it’ warning over town carnival

Fun in the sun - the carnival needs your help to make sure it can continue
Fun in the sun - the carnival needs your help to make sure it can continue

Use it or lose it - that’s the message from Todmorden Charity Carnival chairman Philip Clarke.

Philip says entries have been very slow coming in for this year’s Walt Disney-themed event, which is now just a month away.

There were no float applications yet, as of the start of this week, he said.

So the call is out for all budding Mickey Mouses, Donald Ducks, Sleeping Beauties, Snow Whites and possibly even 101 Dalmations to get their entries in to help make it a day to remember.

“Plans for this year’s Todmorden Carnival on May 23 are progressing along but unless members of the public groups charitable organisations schools pubs get involved, the carnival cannot continue in the future,” said Philip.

“Local charity stalls are free, and the tug of war is free to enter for all just get teams of eight and you can win cash prizes. It’s not just for pubs and clubs.

“The parade through the town is also free to enter for all floats, foot tableaux and individual fancy dress, with cash prizes for all.”

The parade starts at 12.30pm from Sanworth Street, just off Halifax Road, and you can find out more about how to get involved go to website www.todmordencarnival.com, where entry forms are also available, or e-mail todmordencarnival@live.co.uk tel 07778614128.

Philip would welcome entries for the event coming in sooner rather than later.

“Help keep the over 60 year old Todmorden carnival alive as a lot of carnivals are dying off through lack of support,” said Philip. “Lots of people enjoy the event on the day but it can’t happen without your involvement too.”

There is added value to this year’s event with the return of the popular five-a-side football competition which will feature boys and girls’ teams and will be run by Darren Walters, while the parade itself will feature some striking giant models courtesy of the Handmade Parade.