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  • Carnival is over as Lions say they lack resources to hold event in future

    Tom Martin

    A POPULAR carnival which has been held in Crosby for more than 30 years has come to an end.

    Thousands of people enjoy the fun day every year when it is held on the playing fields of Great Crosby Primary School, but organisers Crosby and District Lions Club have told the Champion they have been forced to pull the plug on the event “for the forseeable future.”

    The club has blamed a lack of resources and loss of storage space to hold all their equipment, meaning the most recent carnival held in May was the last.

    Lions group president Mike Foulkes said: “We are grateful for the support of the public and the many contributors and charitable organisations that have attended over the years.

    “As a club, Crosby and District Lions have been forced to make this sad decision as they no longer have sufficient resources to continue putting on an annual carnival.

    “The recent storage problems have been a major contributor to this decision as the club is now unable to store the large amount of equipment required each year.

    “This has come about despite our many appeals through the press and social media.

    “The physical demands of such a large event have also become an issue for many members who are actively involved in the preparation required in the weeks prior to, on the day of and after the event.

    “In May, Crosby Lions were very grateful to receive the support of one Champion reader who answered their appeal after they had to leave their storage facility.

    “Kevin Murphy of Rentaspace, Dunningsbridge Road, very kindly came forward to temporarily house all the equipment for free, so enabling this year’s carnival to go ahead.

    “Unfortunately, as these are commercial premises, this offer could only be made available until the completion of this year’s carnival and no other facility has been obtained.

    “The rest of the equipment the Lions use is required to organise and run the Father Christmas float that tours the Bootle area, the Father Christmas grotto held at Old Christ Church, the bedding plant delivery service as well as many and various fundraising events held in and around Crosby village.

    “Fortunately, they have been able to find accommodation in various smaller sites for this equipment, although they are still looking for a single site to house it all together.”

    As a charity, Crosby Lions can pay a 'peppercorn' rent but will consider other rental opportunities for suitable premises (or sharing premises). If anyone can help them, email enquiries@crosbylions.org.uk or call Ivan Swainbank on 07780 674 004.

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