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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Summer party in Barrow park is set to replace town’s carnival

BARROW Carnival looks set to make a comeback this summer after a year’s absence.

PARADE Youngsters take part in the carnival procession in Barrow in 2012 HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50035560B012

The festival is on track to be revived in June by event organiser Alan Jackson, who is calling on the community to show their support.

The carnival has been a fixture in the summer calendar since the early 1900s and Mr Jackson believes it’s time to bring back the tradition.

But instead of the traditional parade with floats which have paraded through the town centre, Mr Jackson is planning a two-day community event in Barrow Park, starting with a night of live music and beer tent on Saturday evening and continuing with attractions and demonstrations on Sunday June 22.

Mr Jackson, of MMX Events, said: “It will be great to do it this year if the support is there. But it needs to be done right.”

The carnival looks set to feature cooking demonstrations, a boat race on Barrow Park lake, and a live broadcast from The Bay.

Mr Jackson, who helped establish the Evening Mail’s Walney Family Fun Run, has received backing from the police and councillors and already has all the health and safety aspects covered.

For the event to go ahead it has to be commercially viable and there will be sponsorship packages available to help pay for the stages, tents and activities.

“What I would love is for people to email me saying ‘we’re in, this is what I would bring to the carnival’,” he said.

Mr Jackson is looking to elect a committee of “doers” to help bring the carnival back to Barrow.

“I’m looking for people in strategic positions with a can-do attitude who can move things forward,” he said.

“There are two elements; a commercial element which can pay for the event, and the other side is voluntary groups, community groups and school groups.”

Anybody interested in supporting the carnival is encouraged to email Alan Jackson with ideas and suggestions at Alan@mmxevents.com

Have your say

Whats 'atrocious' Dave? Not replacing a bit of anything. There is no Carnival anymore so to start it off again, you have to start at the beginning. The previous organisers have retired from it. If we get this event off the ground with the support of the people... and that's whats missing at the moment, then next year it can look to have the parade again. If you are interested inmaking it happen, get involved?

Posted by Alan Jackson on 2 April 2014 at 23:35

I think this is atrocious, after all the years why replace a-bit of a Barrow history, whats next get rid of xmas!! Absolute fools

Posted by Dave on 17 January 2014 at 19:08

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