LEDBURY’S Golden Carnival is coming to town – but it is vital more volunteer helpers come forward or the event might not go ahead.

Plans are being made to celebrate Ledbury’s 50th consecutive carnival on August Bank Holiday Monday, on August 26 , but organisers are warning without volunteers the future of carnival is in doubt as committee members are getting older and struggle to multi-task, as is the current situation.

Held in the streets of the town the small committee aims to provide as much free entertainment as possible including live music and children’s entertainment, as well as a colourful parade of floats.

Local not-for-profit groups are invited to have a free stall to enable them to raise money and increase awareness, membership and volunteers. Other Trade Stands and a small funfair are also planned.

With previous attendance of about 6,000 local residents in 2023 the carnival has been growing well since the pandemic. However, organised by a small committee of just nine people, many are surprised that all this “comes together” on the day.

It is vital more volunteers come forward to join the committee or to help with necessary tasks on the weekend of Carnival and to help with tasks such as stewarding in on the day.

The 2024 carnival will cost about £18,000 to stage with much of this going towards essential elements such as Traffic Management, First Aid and Insurances.

One of the organisers, Janet Meredith, said: “The carnival is a much anticipated and enjoyable day, and is one of the most prestigious community events in the town.

"We are seeking donations and sponsorship from local organisations and businesses to enable us to offer an enjoyable day out for all as well as asking for volunteers come forward to join the committee or to help with necessary tasks.

“Let’s make sure our 50th Carnival is a success and ensure the carnival continues into the future.

If you feel able to help or wish to take part, please contact Janet on 07858 599 037 or Sue on 07747 611 717 for more information.