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Public Meeting - Hornsea Carnival Friday in Hall Garth Park

Published: 20th January 2010 16:07
Carnival Friday on the PromHornsea North Promenade on Carnival Friday Evening

Hornsea Carnival Committee Announce a Public Meeting for Hornsea Residents

Tuesday, 9th February 2010, from 19.00 to 21.00 at Hornsea Methodist Church (use Side Entrance)
The purpose of the meeting is to consult with local residents and to explain the reasons behind the proposed relocation of Friday Night Carnival from Hornsea Seafront to Hall Garth Park

Hornsea Carnival LogoTradition has it that Hornsea Carnival kicks-off proceedings every year with a firework spectacular on Hornsea's North Promenade. However, the facts of the matter are that Carnival Fridays are a huge loss-leader for Hornsea's Carnival Committee. Costs are high and monies raised via bucket collections are sadly negligible. Several hundred pounds are levied by East Yorkshire Council and Policing is now an additional cost that the Carnival Committee has to bear. On top of that there is the litter-picking, the movement of rides between the Prom and Hall Garth Park and the constant involvement and supervision required by Carnival Committee volunteers. All-in-all it is a costly exercise.

It should also be remembered that Hornsea Carnival is funded purely by the fund-raising efforts of the Carnival Committee and the generosity of the public. So it is OUR money that is being lost each year and it is a sad fact that if this situation was to continue, the Carnival would not.
Over the past few months the Carnival Committee has taken advice from many parties and has examined the possibility of continuing the Firework Display tradition within the confines of Hall Garth Park in Hornsea Town Centre. Their findings have been presented to Hornsea Town Council and, after a few initial questions, have now received approval given subsequent approval following public consultation.
There is no denying that cost is the driving factor behind these proposals but, putting those to one-side for a minute, many benefits then spring to mind:
  • the Carnival footprint is kept within finite boundaries
  • Policing is made easier
  • Litter control is made easier
  • Disruption within the town is decreased, Carnival Rides do not have to re-locate overnight
  • A proper 'Opening Ceremony' becomes a possibility
  • a leading UK Firework Display company has performed a feasibility study and can provide a Level 2 Low-Level Firework Display with no risk to the public or surrounding properties
  • Traders can set-up on Friday and provide additional Friday Night interest that is not currently possible on the Prom
  • There is the possibility of Storytellers and live music acts providing entertainment on Friday night in the Marquees
  • Lack of Proximity to a Public House

These are just a few of the considerations. If you would like to learn more or to state your view then Carnival Committee representatives and hopefully, firework company representatives will be available to answer your questions. Just come along and ask them!

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