Sponsors rescue carnival after grants had dried up

Dressing up: Gunslingers, from left, Simon Comfort, Robert Johnson, Carol Johnson, Pete Beevor, George Tomlinson and Angie Beever at Rossington Community Carnival.           Pictures: Steve Taylor.
Dressing up: Gunslingers, from left, Simon Comfort, Robert Johnson, Carol Johnson, Pete Beevor, George Tomlinson and Angie Beever at Rossington Community Carnival. Pictures: Steve Taylor.

GRANTS may have dried up this year - but the show went on at Rossington Carnival.

For the last eight years it has been running, organisers have managed to arrange cash grants for the event, at Rossington Miners Welfare.

This year, Rossington Parish Council and sponsor KB Windows stepped in to keep the show on the road, with the chairman of the Rossington Community Carnival Association rating this year’s event as one of the best yet.

The parish council dug deep to pay for a climbing wall and a mobile children’s soft play centre to keep the youngsters entertained.

It was among a number of attractions which also included singers and dancers performing on the main stage, ranging from singer guitarist Wayne Briars to Northern Image dance group. There was also a performance from the Doncaster Gunslingers wild west show, which featured mock shootouts in front of the stage.

Animal lovers had the chance to watch a dog show.

Carnival Association chairman Ron Murkin estimated this year had attracted in the region of 4,500 visitors.

He said: “There were some fantastic acts. The event ran from 12noon until 11pm and it was difficult to gauge numbers, but I certainly believe there was an increase on last year, and certainly as many as we have had in the nine years the carnival has been running.”

“We usually have managed to get money from grants, but we couldn’t do that this year, other than the money from the parish council. That’s the first time that has been the case, so I think we felt the cuts from that perspective.

“Fortunately, Kevin Binks from KB Windows had collared me before Christmas and asked to help.

“I’m really grateful to him, to the treasurer Eileen Beever and the rest of the committee and our helpers.”