Should annual Bury St Edmunds Carnival be reinstated?

Robin Cutler, Vice Chairman of Bury Round Table, against a backdrop of past carnival pictures which the organisation still has on display
Robin Cutler, Vice Chairman of Bury Round Table, against a backdrop of past carnival pictures which the organisation still has on display

After a decade-long hiatus, colourful carnival floats could once again grace the streets of Bury St Edmunds.

The town council has been asked to reinstate the annual carnival, last held in 2006 to mark the 400th anniversary of King James I granting Bury a market charter.

Led by a carnival queen chosen by Bury free Press readers, the procession made its way from the West Suffolk College car park, up Out Risbygate, into Risbygate Street, St Andrew’s Street, Woolhall Street and down Abbeygate Street, before coming to an end in the Abbey Gardens.

Robin Cutler, vice chairman of Bury Round Table, which used to organise the events, said: “Bury St Edmunds Round Table were excited to hear of the town council’s plans to bring back the carnival.

“Those past members involved in the organisation of the carnival in years gone by speak fondly of it and indeed I remember experiencing it myself from the sidelines.

“It goes without saying that we wish the town council all the best in bringing the carnival back to the streets of Bury, it would be great for the town.”

Among others supporting the proposal is Cllr Paul Hopfensperger who said it always brought thousands of people onto the streets of Bury.

“It brings footfall into the town, is a great fun day and raises money for charity so everyone’s a winner,” he said.

Cllr Andrew Speed, town council chairman, said there were still costings and health and safety issues to consider.

“I anticipate that it might be in partnership with the borough, Ourburystedmunds and Round Table, with businesses co-sponsoring a ‘float’, Round Table charities being beneficiaries and the town council coordinating and meeting core costs of the event,” he said.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said he would welcome other organisations and voluntary groups coming together to bring back the carnival and would be happy to support it in regards of promotion and publicity but didn’t envisage being involved in delivery due to other commitments.

Bury Town Council is expected to discuss the carnival’s reinstatement at a full council meeting on June 22.

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