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2013/2014 Press Statement
Outgoing Deputy Carnival Chairman Lucy Compton is very pleased to announce her successor for the 2014 event, Elysia Jade Munday. Elysia, who was recently elected by the organising committee as the new Chairman for Weymouth Carnival 2014, was Weymouth Carnival Queen in 2012.
Lucy, who was Carnival Queen in 2011 said, “Although it wasn’t our intention to begin a tradition of Carnival Queens taking the Chairman’s role, we have been lucky over past years that our Carnival Queens have been people who are truly passionate and proactive about promoting Weymouth and becoming ambassadors for the town. I am delighted that Elysia has been elected as this year’s Chairman and I wish her the very best of luck in her new role. I would urge the town to support Elysia, and the organising committee – all of whom are volunteers –as they have a huge task ahead of them!
A brand new group, Weymouth Carnival and Events Club stepped in to organise this year’s event. We soon learned the sheer enormity of the task we had taken on, and we certainly learnt a lot from the experience. As with previous carnivals, raising cash to run the event was a huge challenge; it cost £58,000 to run this year, every penny of it raised by hard-working volunteers. Fortunately we raised enough to pay for the event and a little bit more. We will be withholding some of our profits to help with next year’s event and will distribute funds to charitable groups who very generously gave their time on the day to help with their expenses. In future years we hope to raise more, but as with anything, we had to start somewhere. We hope our supporters will understand we have invested in the future of Carnival and that next year will be better financially. Our main aim however is to put on a fantastic event! Weymouth Carnival 2013 was a success and I would like to thank on behalf of myself and the carnival committee all those that came and volunteered and everyone that made the day possible and of course the magnificent crowd”
New Chairman Elysia said, “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be given responsibility for this traditional Weymouth event. I have always been an avid supporter of Weymouth Carnival and the fantastic boost it offers to both the local community and tourism for the area. Carnival takes a full year to organise; we’ve already had the first meeting to decide whether or not we can organise the event for 2014 and discussed initial ideas. I am excited to reveal that we are currently aiming to hold it on the traditional 3rd Wednesday in August, the 20th, a date for your diaries! The challenges we face increase year on year; higher costs, more very strict health & safety laws and regulations and the usual requirement for our brilliant volunteers to help on the day. Our costs next year could exceed £60,000. There are areas in which we could look to make savings, such as not having the very popular Red Arrows, who cost us around £12,000, but we still have to pay for essentials like barriers, insurances, road closures, security people and more. We have estimated that an additional £1.5 million is spent in the town on carnival day, a clear boost to the local economy. We rely very much on the support of local people and businesses, so we’ll be out there soon, asking you all for your support. Now that the foundations have been laid for Weymouth Carnival & Events Club by the wonderful 2013 team, and because of the investments that were made, we can begin to build 2014 bigger and better than ever! This event gives back more than just money; it’s an outstanding platform for charities, groups and local businesses to utilise to gain positive exposure.
Weymouth Carnival Committee 2014 is now seeking new members so if you’d like to take a leading role in the biggest local event of the year then please submit your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org”