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Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - 120714 - Press - Knottingley Parade - Knottingley, England - Participants at the Knottingley carnival.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - 120714 - Press - Knottingley Parade - Knottingley, England - Participants at the Knottingley carnival.

It’s the end of an era in Knottingley after the organisers of the town’s annual carnival scrapped the event due to a lack of volunteers.

Philip Butterfield, carnival committee chairman, said the committee, which only had eight members, met last month and decided to cancel the event as no new volunteers had come forward.

Mr Butterfield said: “It’s very disappointing when you think that nobody came forward from the whole of the Knottingley and Ferrybridge communities.

“The carnival is the highlight of the social calendar in Knottingley and Ferrybridge and we have lost something that’s an integral part of the community.”

The event - first held 87 years ago - sees hundreds of people line the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession as it passes through the towns.

The committee has made several appeals for more volunteers over the last year.

Mr Butterfield added: “It’s very frustrating and disheartening.

“Everybody says positive things and turns out for the carnival year after year but getting them to volunteer is very difficult. We simply can’t continue with the numbers we have.”

Mr Butterfield said he, commitee secretary Helen Bullock, and treasurer Coun Harry Ellis would still be willing to help anyone who decided to take on the task of organising the carnival.

He added: “If people want a carnival then they have got to come forward - it’s as simple as that.”

For more informationcall Mr Butterfield on 07723 817480 or email phil@cnotta.com or contact Mrs Bullock on 07702 100020.