1984 might not sound long ago but it’s the year that:
- The first Apple Macintosh went on sale (core blimey!);
- Pound notes were taken out of circulation;
- Madonna was made to feel shiny and new;
- Snakeskin belts were in fashion; and
- Prince Harry, Gareth Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all entered this world.
Making you feel old yet? How about this…9 members of today’s Carnival committee weren’t even born (*gasp*).
1984 was also the year that the Carnival increased its entry fee to £1 for adults and 50p for children/OAPs; cheaper than the £1.54 you needed for a Big Mac.
A lot has happened since then:
- Prince Harry got cute(r);
- Madonna got married. And divorced. And married again. And divorced, again;
- Snakeskin is now reserved for snakes; and
- And Big Mac costs a whopper at £3.09.
However, some things haven’t changed, one of those being the Carnival entry price. For 32 years we have worked hard to keep the Carnival accessible to all and used fund-raising, clever thinking and charm to supplement your entry fees, despite the running costs increasing quicker than Gareth Gates’ time in the spotlight.
But following a rainy-day carnival last year, our rainy-day fund isn’t so gushing and we have taken the difficult decision to raise the entry fee to £2 per adult and £1 for children/OAPs – a 3 pence increase per year since the golden days of 1984.
It’s taken a lot for us to make this decision – three years of discussions, several committee votes and a sample “what would you be willing to pay” questionnaire to be exact – But with a funfair, stalls, food vans, all-day-long entertainment, a music stage and lots more, we think £2 is a bargain. Plus it means that we can keep the Sunday funday free and ultimately it means that we can keep the carnival going; allowing the community to get together and raise much-needed funds for causes close to their hearts.
Price increases are never an easy thing to announce but we hope that you fully understand and support our reasons why.
From a Carnival that surely doesn’t look old enough to even remember 1984!