Carnival returns to Gosport once more with new organiser

Gosport Carnival returns next July. Pictured (l-r): Organisers Tammy Kent, Paul Carter, Lacey-Love Kent, Dolly Jeffries, two, Chloe Palmer, Ayron Jeffries, one, and Paul Cobb. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142548-1)
Gosport Carnival returns next July. Pictured (l-r): Organisers Tammy Kent, Paul Carter, Lacey-Love Kent, Dolly Jeffries, two, Chloe Palmer, Ayron Jeffries, one, and Paul Cobb. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142548-1)

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PEOPLE bringing back Gosport’s carnival have said they want to make it better.

New organisers have come forward in a bid to bring back the formerly annual event and make it bigger and more fun.

The procession was last held in 2012 and was then run by the Gosporteers.

Now the event will launch the opening day of GosFest, a four-day music festival.

Paul Cobb, from the firm, said: ‘There used to be a big one in Gosport and it was hugely popular but it dwindled down.

‘It will be good to create a bit of a buzz in the town.

‘It just brings the whole town out, everyone is involved. If we can include as many local businesses as well, we can create that party atmosphere.’

Plans include having vehicles involved in the procession and workshops ahead of the carnival next July so people can prepare their costumes and floats.

The theme will be animals and Mr Cobb hopes hundreds of people will join in to help mark the start of GosFest at Walpole Park.

Anyone taking part will get free entry on the first day.

Chloe Palmer, also from the firm, said everyone in the town can get involved.

She said: ‘The carnival hasn’t been big since the eighties. Let’s make a bit of history – let’s bring it back and big.

‘We want to put on something extra and it’s going to be opening a 2015.

‘It’s good for the wider community as well, there are a lot of workshops going on.’

Tammy Kent, who ran Forton Fest for the last time this year, is also helping out.

The last carnival was held in 2012 and it formed part of celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Brian Russell is from the Gosporteers, which used to organised the carnival.

He said there were problems getting road closures on Stoke Road and Forton Road and it was difficult for firms offer lorry floats at the weekend.

And he said it was difficult to get people to join in an all-town event, opposed to Bridgemary or Rowner carnivals.

But he welcomed the return and said: ‘It would be excellent, Gosport has suffered a bit of bad press recently.’

The move to bring back the carnival on Thursday, July 30 next year has been welcomed by Gosport Borough Council.

Community board chairman Graham Burgess said: ‘I’d love to see the community involvement. I’m all for community spirit.’