04:30AM, Tuesday 20 May 2014
A village carnival is facing a crisis.
Shocked members of Old Windsor Carnival committee learned at their meeting last night that the company which usually lays on the vehicles for the annual procession had pulled out.
The news was broken by comittee chairman Jonathan Stacey.
Committee member Marian Dalchow admitted it had come as a shock - with just two and a half weeks to go before the carnival and about 10 village schools and organisations expecting to take part in the procession.
The floats were due to start as usual at Tyle Place on Saturday, June 7 and travel through the village to the recreation ground on Robin Willis Way where the main carnival events are taking place.
The procession boasts a 'fairy tale' theme. Now Mrs Dalchow and her fellow committee members are hoping for a fairy tale ending to the crisis.
She said: "We are just hoping that someone, a company or an organisation can come forward to help us out. We have been going on Facebook, trying just about everything to find someone."
Old Windsor Carnival has been going for 54 years now and the procession is always a highlight. Mrs Dalchow said: "If the worst came to the worst we could still have some sort of procession. The carnival queen has her own carriage. We have vintage cars that could follow and schools and organisations could take part on foot in their fancy dress.
"But it would be a great disappointment."
Anyone who can help should contact Jonathan Stacey on firstname.lastname@example.org
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