£20,000 raised at 2012 Weymouth Carnival

Dorset Echo: COUNTING THE CASH: Carnival supporter Ann Bryer COUNTING THE CASH: Carnival supporter Ann Bryer

WEYMOUTH’S 2012 Carnival raised almost £20,000 for good causes.

The figure is down on last year but organisers said they were delighted with the sum considering the first half of the day was swamped by heavy rain.

More than 60 local charities will receive their share of the carnival cake at a presentation evening later this month.

It was feared the carnival, which came a few days after the Olympic Games on August 15, would be a washout with rain forcing the cancellation of some events and prompting other entertainments to be moved indoors.

But the sun came out in the afternoon for the main attractions.

The inclusion of a victory parade by Team GB’s 2012 sailing team ahead of the carnival procession brought the crowds out and added to the excitement.

This year’s carnival committee was made up by Rotary Club members as well as people from the community.

Weymouth Carnival 2012 spokes-man John Kelly said he was delighted so much could be handed out to good causes – the total is £19,767.

He said: “We are absolutely thrilled.

“The last thing you want on carnival day is to have torrential rain but we were relieved when it cleared up quickly and people turned out in their thousands to enjoy the day.

“We thought the takings would be down but to offer so much to local charities is great.

“It is what the carnival committee works hard for throughout the year.”

Mr Kelly would like to thank everyone who supported the carnival, the committee and volunteers who made the day run smoothly and sponsors without whose support the event wouldn’t happen.

He also gave a special thank you to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police and the Civil Aviation Authority, which allowed the airspace restriction to be lifted so the carnival could have its air show.

Mr Kelly said the beneficiaries, which include elderly and youth groups, charities and playgroups, will be presented with cheques on October 26.

The committee has tried to help as many people and organisations as possible, which wrote requesting help.

It’s all change for next year’s carnival, which will be run by a charity club set up by Ryan Hope.

People interested in helping Mr Hope can call 07795 246080 or email ryanhope1991@googlemail.com

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