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Revival of community carnival aims to put town back on the map

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 20 April 2018

Lowestoft Carnival parade 2012.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft Carnival parade 2012. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

“Let’s put Lowestoft back on the map” is the rallying cry from organisers hoping to revive a community carnival.

Bernie Randall and Adrian Nowell are organising the new Lowestoft community carnival.Bernie Randall and Adrian Nowell are organising the new Lowestoft community carnival.

Lowestoft Carnival last took place six years ago, with the parade cancellation in 2013 blamed on a lack of support from residents.

The loss of the carnival came in the same year the town’s seafront air show also ended due to a lack of funds.

The carnival’s revival is planned for late July or early August 2019, with work under way to create a special one-day carnival alongside several events throughout the year, including six-a-side football competitions, dances, and fireworks on Bonfire Night.

Organisers Bernie Randall and Adrian Nowell developed the idea after getting frustrated at some of the negativity from some residents about Lowestoft. They are aiming to raise £15,000 to get the carnival off the ground.

Mr Randall said: “Since I have moved here I absolutely love Lowestoft. It all started on a Facebook page because people were saying that there is nothing to do and this and that has been cancelled.

“It’s all about getting some community spirit in the town again. It is definitely needed.”

He added: “After the first meeting the two of us have carried on going. It will cost around nine or ten thousand pounds, so we are now in the process of raising the money.”

A funding page has now been set up, and in the first week has already received pledges of support.

The biggest challenge and cost to the carnival would be closing the roads involved in the event, with the route for the floats following the same historic path as Lowestoft’s former carnivals.

The carnival will start in the south of the town before travelling up London Road South, across the Bascule Bridge, up London Road North, before finishing near the site of the old hospital on Tennyson Road. Any money raised that is not spent on the carnival will be pooled and donated to local organisations and charities.

Mr Randall said: “We are starting from the bottom and we want to involve kids and families as well as people from outside and put Lowestoft back on the map.

Lowestoft mayor Ian Graham said: “I have fond memories of the carnival from my youth as I am sure lots of other people in the town have. I am sure we will be more than happy to work with them.”

Anyone interested in helping can email bernierandall@hotmail.co.uk and you can help fund the carnival at its GoFundMe page.

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