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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Millom Carnival set to return following huge success

A DATE has been confirmed for next year’s Millom Carnival.

After a fantastic response from the Millom community for this year’s event, following a 17-year absence, the organisers have said the carnival will return next year.

The event, which died in the mid 1990s because of a lack of volunteers, will now be the final carnival in the 2013 carnival season, taking place on July 13.

More than £4,000 was raised at this year’s event, held on June 23.

Jakki Moore, of the Millom Annual Carnival Committee, said: “We would like to thank the community of Millom for coming out in full support and making the revival of Millom Carnival such a huge success.

“In spite of the weather we were very lucky to be able to hold our parade, with 26 entries, through the streets to such welcoming faces and cheers.

“We will be back on the trail for community involvement for next year’s carnival.

“A decision has been taken to move the carnival back to its original date of the second Saturday in July (July 13, 2013). We hope that everyone will get on board with us and get involved. We would like to invite all other carnivals to join us in bringing their dancers, shows and queens along to our day.”

Ms Moore said £500 of the money raised this year will be split between the mayor’s charities and the Jack Mossop appeal.

Jack’s mum, Laura Mossop, is raising money for the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust, after her son was diagnosed with the kidney disorder.

Ms Moore said: “We still don’t have a final figure on what we made financially on the day, but we will be taking it forward to next year and investing in a fantastic day for the whole town.

“Five hundred pounds of the money made from this year will be donated to charity. We have decided to split the money between the mayor’s charities and the Jack Mossop appeal. Keeping the money local and for great causes close to our community hearts is something we will continue to do.”

The Millom Annual Carnival Committee’s annual general meeting will be held on September 12, at Millom Rugby League Club, from 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

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