Daventry carnival is back - but call goes out for help

DAVENTRY Carnival is returning for the first time in 15 years – and people are now being called upon to help make it a success.

It will be the culmination of the first Daventry Arts Festival, a week-long series of events running from Saturday, July 16 to Saturday, July 23 including comedy, drama and music.

Volunteers are sought by organisers in the run-up to the event to help make carnival images, costumes and banners. Musicians and dancers are also needed. They will come together to form the heart of the colourful and musical parade taking place on the festival’s final day.

The carnival’s organiser Rik Stack said: “This is a great way of bringing people together and I’m absolutely delighted with the interest and response from the local community so far.

“A number of groups are already on board but I’m keen to hear from more. If people want to expand their skills and volunteer to help with the workshops, planning or running of the carnival please get in touch.”

People are also needed to help with safety management, distributing information and front of house duties. No experience is needed but volunteers must be over 18.

The first carnival took place in 1971 and was later re-named Daventry Gala Day. The event was last held in 1996 and was formerly scrapped in 1998 as there was nobody to organise or run the event.

The festival is a joint venture by Daventry Business Partnership and Field Day Arts. It is part of Igniting Ambition, a cultural olympiad programme running across the East Midlands. It invests in people to help them create once in a lifetime cultural events for local communities themed around the 2012 games.

To get involved or for more information on the events, call Daventry Business Partnership on 01327 828 391 or visit www.daventry.co.uk.