At a recent meeting the Cromer Carnival Committee discussed the possibility of planning for a carnival this year. Having looked at all the
At a recent meeting the Cromer Carnival Committee discussed the possibility of planning for a carnival this year. Having looked at all the possibilities, it was regrettably decided that we could not go ahead with this years carnival, bearing in mind the restrictions that could still be in place in July and August.
Cromer Carnival works on an extremely tight budget each year with a small profit margin of a few thousand pounds. On occasions, there has been no profit and we have had to eat into the reserves or hold back on proposed projects for the coming year. The greater part of our financial outlay is made between January and May, when contracts have to be entered into and deposits paid on arena acts, bands, marquees, toilets and licences for road closures and traffic orders, applied for well in advance of carnival week. In addition, equipment, where necessary, has to be renewed and stock for the bar and various food outlets have to be ordered and paid for in advance.
The organisers also have a responsibility to those who would be attending carnival events. Those helpers, who make it flow from one event to the next during the week are all part of the carnival team. They would have to be in close contact with members of the public by manning gates and collecting buckets and many other tasks involved around carnival. Under the present restrictions there is a responsibility on the organisers not to put them in a dangerous position, even if lockdown restrictions are eased to a certain extent.
Most of the income from sponsorship and advertising of Cromer Carnival, comes from local businesses and families. All have had a difficult time in the past 12 months and it was felt by the committee that they could not expect their financial support for this coming year, but hopefully will return in 2022.
In the meantime, the Carnival Committee will continue to meet on a regular basis, reviewing and assessing the situation and looking at the possibility of safely organising some events over the summer holidays.
For those who regularly attend Cromer Carnival, as it is for the organisers, this is disappointing news and not the position the organisers would want to be in again this year. Updates will be posted, if there is any better news, in the next few months. Myself, committee and helpers are looking forward to the time when we can plan for a safe return of Cromer Carnival and put it back up there as one of the best in the country.