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Town Carnival Update

22nd January, 2019

Town Carnival will be staged this year from 13th July until 27th July. Last year’s event cost £54,000, which was covered from sponsorship, private donations and the public through the bucket collections. To date, we have received pledges of £34,000 and we are approaching many businesses for support to help underwrite the risk.

At the moment we are contemplating reducing the number of professional entertainers coming to the Island owing to the lack of sponsorship. Already we have had to advise Stanley’s Dixie Street Jazz Band from the Czech Republic that they are not being invited back and unless we find sponsors this may also apply to the Sound of Steel and the Lady Godivas a sad loss to Carnival. The cost of sponsoring one of the two acts available is £3,000 which includes their availability for one evening’s corporate event. To date for this year’s event, we will see Il-Destino sponsored by Ravenscroft Stockbrokers, Punch and Judy sponsored by Creasey’s, Western Valley Hot club sponsored by the Red Carnation group and Sonny and Smiley Clowns sponsored by the Peninsular Hotel performing during the second week.

 

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor at any level is asked to contact the Executive Officer Jack Honeybill (jack honeybill@hotmail.com). We have also been advised that

one of our performance area sponsors has withdrawn at a loss of £1,000 Thankfully we have to date commitments for three Gold Members (£1,000 each), one Silver member (£500) and 12 Bronze members (£300). David Cherry Chairman of the Trustees stated ‘last year we took a risk by providing over 300 hours of local entertainment at a cost of £11,000 in addition to the cost of 20 professional entertainers being given contracts. Thankfully, through the generosity of the Guernsey public and all our supporters, we managed to make a modest profit. We did not wish to make a similar commitment this year without some assurances that the majority of the cost of the event is covered before the organising begins. Hopefully, there will be some businesses out there willing to assist us this year.’