Plea for help to save carnival

Knottingley Carnival - Crowds lined the streets for the Knottingley Gala
Knottingley Carnival - Crowds lined the streets for the Knottingley Gala

Final preparations are being made for next month’s Knottingley and Ferrybridge Carnival .

But organisers fear the event – first held 87 years ago –could be the last unless more volunteers offer to join the organising committee.

Helen Bullock, carnival secretary, said: “It is still full steam ahead in preparing for this year’s event and it will definitely be going ahead.

“But we are still in desperate need of volunteers to help organise the carnival in future years.”

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 12.

There will be a parade through the town followed by activities and stalls on the playing fields behind Knottingley Sports Centre.

Mrs Bullock added: “The carnival is a huge event. It is the summer event in Knottingley especially after the dragon boat race was cancelled.

“It is probably one of the largest carnivals in the region and one of very few that still has a procession through the town and we’re really proud of that.”

There are currently ten members on the organising committee but Mrs Bullock said the group is desperate for more residents to come forward.

She added: “Many hands make light work but if we get some more members, we’ll also get new ideas.

“We want to keep it as fresh as we can but more than anything we want to keep the carnival alive and the only way we can do that is by getting more people involved.”

The carnival committee’s next meeting will take place on Thursday, June 12 at the former Knottingley Conservative Club, Hill Top, from 6.30pm.

For more information or to volunteer to be on the organising committee, contact Mrs Bullock on 07702 100020 or email