New people needed to help organise Chorley Carnival

The rain poured during Chorley Carnival's parade
The rain poured during Chorley Carnival's parade
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Organisers of Chorley Carnival are determined to continue - despite making no money for charity at this year’s event.

The committee spent months organising the carnival, but the pouring rain kept many people away from Astley Park last weekend.

Sheltering under umbrellas, people lined the streets to watch the parade pass and around 5,000 people went through the gates of the park.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “We are very disappointed that we haven’t made any money for our charities.

“We have broken even and every extra person through the door would have been profit.

“It’s the fault of the weather that people didn’t come.

“If we had got a couple more thousand people through, we would have made thousands of pounds of profit.”

But he says that not raising money for charity has not deterred the committee members.

Paul said: “We are disappointed, but we are not that disappointed that we won’t do it again.”

Money made at fundraising events held during the year, such as Chorley Food Festival and a duck race with Adlington And District Carnival, helped organisers to balance the books.

And the committee has decided to keep their chosen charities for next year’s carnival, in the hope they will raise money for them then.

Since the carnival, work has been done to restore the grass at Astley Park.

The committee is now looking to next year’s carnival and is appealing for people to get involved to ensure it is a success.

Paul said: “We will be looking for new people to come along and help us.

“We have already had some offers. One of the jobs we will need is the treasurer.

“We just need a few more people because we didn’t have enough help.”

Events will be held again during the year to raise money for the carnival.

The first one planned will be a bonfire event.

Other venues could also host fundraising events, with plans already in the pipeline for a race night at a pub.

Prizes have also yet to be handed out to the winners from the carnival, such as best float.