Aldeburgh Carnival will not return until 2022
It is with a heavy heart that the Aldeburgh carnival committee has decided that it cannot go ahead with the event this year.
As the much of the planning for the event takes place between January and May, when a range of licences and permits must be applied for and contracts agreed for bands, fireworks, services and equipment, a decision has to be made sooner rather than later – with the likelihood that restrictions will still be in force in August, there was really no choice.
As a street carnival, the organisers have no way of dealing with any form of social distancing which would also have an adverse impact of the traditional atmosphere enjoyed by those taking part or attending as onlookers. Aldeburgh Carnival is staged by a small committee of dedicated volunteers aided by hundreds more helping over the three-day event – it would be devastating for them if a resurgence of the pandemic in the community that it works so hard to support was caused by the carnival.
Whilst there was no carnival last year, a number of events did take place, most notably an online raffle featuring a signed Ed Sheeran LP. This raised £1000 which was donated to the Aldeburgh Parish Nurse project. The ever popular ‘Spot the Window’ competition provided much enjoyment for those taking part and a boost to the many businesses who supported the event. Aldeburgh Carnival depends on many local organisations to help them stage this huge event and it made £2500 available to support them during such a difficult time.
Once again, the carnival committee will be looking to keep the event alive in 2021 by staging safe events and would welcome ideas in this regard.
Cancellation for a second year in succession is unprecedented and the last interruption was during the Second World War. Providing it is safe to do so, Aldeburgh Carnival will come back with a bang on the 13th, 14th and 15th August 2022 which will be the 78th event in its long history.
Carnival 2023 dates
Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August 2023