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Town Carnival 2018 – What an event!

18th September, 2018

TOWN CARNIVAL by Jack Honeybill Executive Officer Town Centre Partnership

The Town Carnival took place between 14th and 28th July this year with a budget of £50,000 covered from sponsorship of Acts, performance areas (gold members) £1,000, silver £500 and bronze members( £300). In addition, we were again fortunate to receive two anonymous donations. The Event is a truly Community event with no exceptionally large sponsor and with the support of a grant from the Guernsey Arts Commission plus generous support from the John Ramplin Trust and the Sarah Groves Foundation together with the fantastic Guernsey public donating £8,000 in our buckets we managed to cover costs. We were also delighted to have subsidised travel from Condor Ferries and subsidised accommodation from Sarnia Hotels at Les Rocquettes Hotel.

This year there were some changes in the line up of Artists with the Red Carnation group sponsoring Western Valley the fabulous trio, Ravenscroft Stockbrokers sponsored Il Destino the two well-liked Tenors and Creasey’s again sponsored Punch and Judy which is a winner with all children young or old. Source Recruitment Specialists sponsored the Lady Godivas a new to the
Island String quartet and we also had the Sound of Steel-Steel Band and Stanley’s Dixie street band from the Czech Republic. The following local entertainers were involved as the first week of Carnival was dedicated to the local talent of which we have it in abundance. The Day Trippers, Guernsey Majorettes, Lydia Pugh, Chris Taylor, Olivia Younger, Carly Tucknott, Kate Kelleway, Lee Ann Hawkes, Ivy Botzenhardt, Rachel Dawson, Anya Robins, Elle Lovering, Freya Le
Noury, Jacob Wright, James Morvan, Imogen Hayman, Erin Vaudin, Kirsty Dempter and George Russell, Ashleigh Gardener- Wheeler, Michel and Davide, Nicolle Wyatt, Sammie Denning, Aimee Queru , Enya Rabey, Jaike Smith, Mark Guppy, Jessica Hughes, Rhianna Sanchez Watts, Katie Gough, Elisha Horsepool, Mick Le Huray, Nathaniel Eker, 16 Strings,Kiya Ashton,Toby Falla plus the
staff at the Guille-Alles Library reading to the children before the Punch and Judy shows.

In all, we covered 9 performance areas during the fortnight commencing around 10.30 am and finishing at 3.30pm. There was three Punch and Judy shows every day. A team of people were involved in the organisation of Carnival which we consider was a great success this year despite two days of doubtful weather. Many of the artists performed in the evenings at various venues and our team of myself, Andrew Pouteaux, Julie Madeley, John and Eileen Silvester, Peter Harwood and other volunteers on a number of occasions made it all tick along nicely.

Gold members were Liberation Group, Specsavers, Fuller Developments Limited, The Terrace Garden Café, Collenette Jones, Northern Trust Limited, the Sarah Groves Foundation, Equiom Limited and Silver members were Healthxchange clinic, Martin and Martin and Feel Unique Limited and there were 14 bronze members.

We also ran a Black Tie Cabaret dinner at the Duke of Richmond Hotel attended by 99 people and entertained by professional and local artists in the Company of the Bailiff Sir Richerd Collas. We were indebted to 32 retail /hospitality Town businesses who provided Tombola prizes. The evening made £2,000 towards the cost of Carnival. Details of next years event can be found on our website www.guernseytowncentre.gg and the dates are 13th to 27th July 2019 with again the first week dedicated to local talent but subject to us obtaining pledges of sponsorship greater than this year.