Abergavenny carnival goes on despite cancellation fears

Abergavenny carnival goes on despite cancellation fears

Abergavenny Carnival. From Hollywell to Hollywood. The self named "Hollywell Hotties" mimic Hollywood stores on their float. (8155398)

Abergavenny Carnival. Pictured are (left to right) Ella Griffiths, George Griffiths and Emily Saunders. (8155411)

Abergavenny Carnival. The Bailey pub with their special fancy dress float. (8155413)

Abergavenny Carnival. Employees fromThe Bailey pub with their special fancy dress float waving to the crowd. (8155418)

Abergavenny Carnival. Corki the Clown offering a ear cleaning service. (8155426)

Abergavenny Carnival. The Rhymney Coronets lead the procession. (8155449)

Abergavenny Carnival. The Bailey Pub float makes its way through the streets of Abergavenny. (8155475)

First published in Gwent news

MORE than 1,000 people enjoyed the warm weather in Abergavenny on Saturday for the town’s annual carnival and parade - after organisers said it was saved at the last minute.

Hundreds of people lined the town’s streets as a parade made its way through the town centre from Baker Street to Brewery Yard, before finishing at Bailey Park, where the carnival continued into the late afternoon.

Among the entertainment on offer was a display by Ridgeside Falconry and Lurcher Racing, who showed participating children how birds of prey swooped to get their food.

The Rock Choir was also entertaining crowds with various renditions of pop, rock and Motown songs, while children’s activities ranged from bouncing castles to a small circus display. There was also various food and crafts stalls, as well as a team from Gwent Police.

The event went ahead despite fears it would be cancelled due to concerns over road signage.

Chris Evans, chairman of the carnival’s committee, said he was told if road closures were to go ahead, they would need someone accredited to lay down the signs. He said the local authority claimed they had no staff available due to the overtime that was required over the cycling festival last month.

But the event was saved at the death by local contractors ALD Plant Hire and Civil Engineering Surfacing Contractors who agreed to put up the signs.

Mr Evans, who has been organising the event for 14 years, said: “Every year something different crops up and we are forced to deal with it. The contractors saved this year’s carnival event because we were not accredited to put the road signs up.

“All in all I’m really happy and there has been a good turnout. But it’s a shame that there aren’t any more schools coming to the festival. I know it’s a Saturday but I'm not sure if they want a carnival next year? If they do, they should come out and show their support.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers who have helped out and given their time to make this day happen.”

Abergavenny Mayor Martin Hickman was also at the event and said: “It’s just a handful of people organising it, led by Chris Evans. He has revitalised it and this year has been a struggle with road closures but we are thankful that it was saved at the last minute.”

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7:05pm Sun 13 Jul 14

irisheyes says...

If it had been advertised at last weeks shire horse show more people may have attended.I'm ex-Abergavenny and support anything I see advertised !!
If it had been advertised at last weeks shire horse show more people may have attended.I'm ex-Abergavenny and support anything I see advertised !! irisheyes
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10:07pm Sun 13 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

Strange that a local authority has no overtime funds available to put out road closure signs for this locally organised annual Carnival benefitting 1000 people. What are we talking? Two men for two hours to put them out and the same to put them away. One man and his van closes and reopen Newport City Centre on St. George's Day Parade for the Scouting Association. There is obviously oodles of ready funds available for festivals in Abergavenny as the Eisteddfod is getting support to the tune of £700,000. Oh it's a different budget it comes out of. Local carnivals comes under the heading of local authority funding which cut to the quick by the WAG. The other is under the heading of Welsh Nationalism and for that the pot is bottomless. Welcome to Wales.
Strange that a local authority has no overtime funds available to put out road closure signs for this locally organised annual Carnival benefitting 1000 people. What are we talking? Two men for two hours to put them out and the same to put them away. One man and his van closes and reopen Newport City Centre on St. George's Day Parade for the Scouting Association. There is obviously oodles of ready funds available for festivals in Abergavenny as the Eisteddfod is getting support to the tune of £700,000. Oh it's a different budget it comes out of. Local carnivals comes under the heading of local authority funding which cut to the quick by the WAG. The other is under the heading of Welsh Nationalism and for that the pot is bottomless. Welcome to Wales. landyman3030
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8:03am Mon 14 Jul 14

displayed says...

"But the event was saved at the death by local contractors ALD Plant Hire and Civil Engineering Surfacing Contractors who agreed to put up the signs."
Well done that firm.
Well we cant give em too much advertising can we.lol............
"But the event was saved at the death by local contractors ALD Plant Hire and Civil Engineering Surfacing Contractors who agreed to put up the signs." Well done that firm. Well we cant give em too much advertising can we.lol............ displayed
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