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Couple call on community to save annual Bramley Carnival from folding

APPEAL: Helen Garrand and Terence Knapton want potential stall owners to come forward for Bramley Carnival.

APPEAL: Helen Garrand and Terence Knapton want potential stall owners to come forward for Bramley Carnival.

The organisers of Bramley Carnival have appealed for community support as financial problems have thrown its future into doubt.

About £6,000 is needed if this year’s event, due to take place on July 20, is to go ahead after National Lottery funding which has part-funded it in previous years has not been renewed.

They say there has been less interest from stall owners, with only 12 booked so far compared to the 60 in previous years. Organiser Lord Terence Knapton, of Bramley, thinks more stalls could help the event, which needs the extra cash by May 30.

He said: “It’s a big blow. It’s a shock, it’s like a kick in the teeth. We were hoping it would continue.”

Terence and his partner Lady Helen Garrand, who have organised the event since 2006, are planning to make this year their last, but want to make it a success and pass on the role to others.

The couple estimate they spend over 2,000 hours a year on various projects in Bramley, including the Bramley Music Festival, which they also run - and even had plans to marry at the carnival in future. Terence said: “The smiles on people’s face on Carnival day - it does mean a lot.”

Bramley Carnival has been an on-and-off fixture of the community since the 1890s.

 

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