Plea for help with carnival

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

Organisers of Knottingley and Ferrybridge Carnival – first held 87 years ago – fear this year’s event could be the last unless more volunteers come forward to help.

Helen Bullock, carnival secretary, says residents are urgently needed to join the organising committee, which currently only has ten members.

Mrs Bullock said: “If we don’t get more volunteers there’s a very real danger the carnival could end, which would be a shame as it has been running every summer since 1927.

“It’s a huge event, a town tradition that brings everyone together.

“Last year more than 5,000 people visited and it’s the highlight of the summer.”

Mrs Bullock said volunteers did not have to give up their time on the day but were needed to help prepare the carnival.

This year’s event is due to 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 said: “Even if people don’t commit to anything we just want people to come to our meetings and put their ideas forward.

“Keeping the carnival fresh, with new ideas, is just as crucial to its future as getting more people involved so if we can get some new ideas, that would help, too.”

The carnival committee’s next meeting takes place at Knottingley Club, Hill Top, on Thursday January 30 at 6pm.

For more information or to join the committee, contact Mrs Bullock on 07702 100020 or email