Appeal to support Chorley Carnival

Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival committee
Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival committee
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Businesses are being urged to dig deep and give their support to Chorley Carnival.

Organisers are looking for firms willing to provide sponsorship for next year’s event.

They also want to hear from businesses able to help in other ways, for example by loaning equipment.

The appeal comes after heavy rain had a big impact financially on this year’s carnival, held in June at Astley Park.

Although money was collected from people at the gate, the weather meant that fewer people attended than expected.

The committee did not make a profit from the three-day spectacle, which cost £20,000 to organise, and they were not able to make a donation to charity.

Carnival chairman, Paul Wilkins, said: “It’s important to get sponsors to keep the event going, because of the costs.

“In days gone by, police did all the road closures. Now it costs us £2,000 and it’s another £2,000 to come from the gate money.

“We have got to get the sponsorship to cover the hidden costs that we didn’t used to have.”

The committee is now putting together a series of sponsorship packages for businesses, which start at £100 and go up to several thousand pounds.

Benefits could include being mentioned in the carnival programme, having a banner in the arena, accessing VIP facilities at the carnival or even getting to spend time with the celebrity guest.

Meanwhile, the Prince Of Wales pub, on New Market Street, Chorley, is holding an autumn trade and craft fair to raise money for the carnival.

From 6pm on Monday, October 6, local businesses will have stalls selling crafts, ornaments, jewellery, cakes and other items, and musicians will perform.

For more information about sponsoring the carnival, call Paul on 07885 229189.