Ilkeston Carnival Is Cancelled

Thousands of people look set to be disappointed this weekend following news that Ilkeston Carnival has been cancelled.

A waterlogged pitch at the town’s Rutland Recreation Ground has meant organisers, Ilkeston Lions Club, have had to pull the plug on the festival, which usually attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

The event had been scheduled to take place on Saturday and would have featured around 70 stalls, a funfair and arena entertainment.

A parade through Ilkeston would also have been part of the event. Poor weather also led to the carnival being cancelled in 2012 and 2015.

 Suzanne Birch, president of the Lions club, said: “It’s the cricket ground that we use and the groundsman contacted us to say the ground was waterlogged and the grass was very soft – they can’t let us use it.

“We’ve had some good years where it’s been a lovely day, but the rain has been so bad, and it’s forecast for a lot more on Saturday.”

She added that the carnival was the Lions’ major fundraiser, and her chosen charities this year, Diabetes UK and the Alzheimer’s Society look set to miss out on thousands of pounds in proceeds from the event.

The carnival has been established for more than 80 years and has been ran by the Lions for the past 27.

Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story  – Original Story


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