Plea to support Wells Carnival

Last year's Wells Carnival Parade in full swing. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Last year's Wells Carnival Parade in full swing. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

More than 25,000 people visited the town during last year's event.

Organisers are hoping to attract similar numbers this year, as they put the final touches to the programme.

This year's carnival fruns from Friday, July 29 until Sunday, August 7. Highlights include a Chas & Dave evening, carnival fete day, live bands, a gillying competition on the quay and the carnival parade on Saturday, August 6.

In a letter to businesses, chair Patrick Weston said: 'The carnival is not just about ensuring people have a good time it also promotes Wells and brings additional visitors to the area.

'It goves a wonderful opportunity for local groups and community projects to publicise themselves and raise much-needed additional funds.'

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Mr Weston said a bucket collection during last year's carnival procession raised more than £6,000, which was shared between 25 organisations. A further £5,000 was raised by groups themselves during the week.

Organisers have launched an appeal for sponsorship from businesses, with events costing from £100 to £1,000 to put on.

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Work on the Wells Maltings complex means a marquee will have to be hired and sited next to Gordon Barrett Hall to accommodate indoor events.

'We obviously greatly appreciate the sponsorship by local companies who help fund the larger events but we also value every single donation and raffle prize,' said Mr Weston.

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