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Preston Carnival given free use of Moor Park for 40th anniversary

Posted on - 6th June, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, Moor Park, News, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
Two participants share a joke during the processions

Two participants share a joke during the processions

Preston Carnival has been granted official use of Moor Park for it 40th anniversary celebration.

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The annual festival of colour and sound celebrating the Caribbean community of the city takes place on Sunday 29 June.

Preston City Council has published its decision in full to let the carnival organisers use Moor Park, and it has also waived the usage fee.

Last month a member of the carnival committee, Leroy Allen, said it had been a tough task to negotiate funds for the carnival.

It also moves from its normal home on Avenham Park, instead doing a circular route of the city and going back to Moor Park.

A statement from the city council says: “The Caribbean Carnival as an event has help a place in the events calendar for Preston for the past 40 years. It is an event of cultural diversity and is well received by the community.

“Further to a number of issues arising from the Carnival in 2013, the Council and the Police have provided structured and supportive feedback about the safety and planning of the event.

“The Council and Constabulary have throughout the process profeffered advice and assistance and sought assurances about the event, particularly concerning issues around ensuring public safety and reasserting the family ethos behind the event.”

The cost of hiring Moor Park for the day, which comes in at £325, has been waived by the council.

However the Carnival are responsible for the cost of clearing up after the procession and carnival on the park.

Cabinet member for resources, councillor Martyn Rawlinson, signed off the proposal on Tuesday.

Councillors could choose to call in the decision to scrutinise it, but must do so by Wednesday 11 June or the decision stands.

You can view the full documents on the city council website.

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