CANCELLED – 51st Cromer Carnival
Now in it’s 51st Year the Cromer Carnival lasts for a week, with the main Carnival day taking place on Wednesday 19th August 2019. Join the Carnival Committee for a day of displays on the ground and in the air over the North Norfolk Coast.
STATEMENT FROM THE CARNIVAL TEAM.
The Cromer Voluntary Organisation have, after much discussion decided to cancel Cromer Carnival 2020 in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Planning the carnival is a twelve month operation and booking and signing contracts for the various top class acts and events is a large financial commitment, which the committee would lose if they hung on in the hope that the carnival would go ahead in August, only to find that the public were still restricted in travelling and coming together in large crowds.
Financial outlay before carnival is around £20,000 pounds and would be greater the nearer we get to to August. If we leave cancelling acts and hired equipment, such as marquees and toilets, until the last minute much of that money would be lost. Cancelling now would mean losing the minimum amount rather than all of it by leaving until the last minute.
Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation Ltd. and the residents of Cromer are all proud of what we have achieved over the past 50 years and would want it to continue in the future. To do this we have to seriously consider our financial position as well as all the moral and social implications.
The carnival relies on the local businesses from whom we get most of our financial support through sponsorship and advertising. We would not expect them to be in the position to support us this year. We have to face the fact that most of the businesses who are supporting us are also finding it difficult at the moment. Cromer Carnival is in the privileged position of being trusted by the people of Cromer to spend wisely, what is essentially
public money. We have to try and safeguard our future and that means cutting our financial losses and cancelling now. In addition to this there are those stalls and organisations who support us during carnival week.