No budget to pay for policing

ONE of the borough’s only remaining carnivals has been hit by Government cutbacks.

Atherton Carnival made a brilliant return after more than 20 years last summer but this year’s parade will have to avoid Atherton town centre after council funding to police the event was axed.

Hundreds of revellers are expected to join dancing troupes, community groups and schoolchildren at Meadowbank Playing Fields for the parade, which takes place near the Hag Fold Estate on Sunday, June 12.

Organiser Brian Seddon said: “We have no qualms with the council but we just can’t afford to pay the cost of policing the even, which was £3,500 last year. We’re open to offers, however, and hope someone may have an idea about how we can raise the funds needed.

“It won’t be the same but we’re even more determined now to make this carnival the best yet.”

This year’s carnival theme is “countries of the world” and organisers say there has already been an impressive response from voluntary groups in the area.

Labelled the “Lancashire Mardi Gras”, floats will sport the colours of their chosen country.

For more information on the Atherton Carnival, contact event co-ordinator Brian Seddon on 01942 870872.