Campaign to make next year's carnival as good as those of yesteryear
“IT was a case of blink and you’ll miss it.”
David Mason, 47, from Quedgeley, has launched a campaign to make Gloucester Carnival’s bigger and better by returning it to its glory days.
He said that during this year’s parade, he waited two hours for the city’s 77th annual parade only to see it fade away after 10 minutes.
Now Mr Mason, who has been watching the procession for the past 40 years, has started a Facebook page and an online petition to reinstall some grandeur and spectacle to the procession.
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He said: “I couldn’t belive it, it was over in a flash.
“I have been watching it since I was a little boy and I have never been so disappointed, it used to go on for a couple of hours with lots of different floats. I spoke to a few people there on the day and they were just as disappointed as I was, especially those with children. I want it to return to how it used to be.”
This year lorries were banned from the procession amid health and safety fears.
“I have never once seen an accident or a near miss at the procession, this is just health and safety gone mad,” he added.
Mr Mason’s Facebook page has attracted more than 800 ‘likes’ in the space of a week and he has written to major supermarkets in the city in a bid to land crucial sponsorship money for next year’s event.
Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said: “I have contacted Mr Mason and have offered to meet him. We would all like to see the procession go on for longer and I know some people were disappointed this year.
“There are a number of things we will be looking at for next year and the earlier we can start doing that the better, and the more people we can get involved the better too. We also need to look at the route and we need to speak to police about whether we can have larger vehicles again.”
Gloucester city councillor Tarren Randle (C, Barnwood) helped to organise it . She said: “When I was first elected one of my aims was to get the procession and carnival back to how it used to be, and I think we can do that.
“The organising committee is an open one and anyone can join in and have their say, we are there to help and guide.”