Does Sutton want to save its carnival?

Pictured from the Carnival Committee are Acting Treasurer Frank Pilling, Secretary Doreen Pilling, Vice-Chairman Peter Hawkyard and Chairman and Jeff Smith.
Pictured from the Carnival Committee are Acting Treasurer Frank Pilling, Secretary Doreen Pilling, Vice-Chairman Peter Hawkyard and Chairman and Jeff Smith.
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SUTTON on Sea Carnival chairman Jeff Smith has confirmed the annual event is in a precarious position and ‘could cease to exist’ should the search for new committee members continue to be fruitless.

The committee’s AGM, held earlier this month, saw an unprecedented lack of interest from the public in helping stage the event. The decision was made to defer the decision on the future until a special meeting on October 20.

This year’s carnival at the end of July was another roaring success, but Jeff is more than concerned about its future.

He told the Leader: “It is difficult to explain why the residents of Sutton on Sea and surrounding area are not volunteering their help, not only for the carnival.

“As chairman, a position I have held for the past six years, I was very disappointed with the lack of interest shown at the recent annual general meeting, something that had been advertised through the media.

“With just one person attending, plus the existing committee, we felt the time was perhaps approaching when the residents of Sutton on Sea and Trusthorpe were becoming tired of the carnival and needed something new in its place. Or perhaps they felt the carnival needed some fresh ideas to make it more appealing.”

The meeting, where the carnival’s fate could be decided, takes place on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at the Bacchus Hotel.

l What do you think? Does the carnival need a fresh approach or does its success warrant more support? Email sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk .