Press Release 21 July 2014
The culmination of the Otley Carnival year came at their recent AGM and Presentation Evening when the Chairman, Wendy Corden, reported on the overall success of this year’s Carnival and expressed the gratitude of the committee to all those who had participated in any way and especially to the people of Otley whose enthusiastic support on the day made all the work of organising the Carnival so very rewarding. The Town Mayor, Nigel Gill, thanked the Carnival Committee for all their hard work and expressed his thanks to all concerned for delivering such a wonderful start to the fortnight of celebrations in the town leading up to the arrival of the Tour de France.
The Treasurer, Ann Steval, reported that the popular success of the Carnival had been reflected in the amount raised by the Carnival. The Committee were very happy to be able to donate a total of £3350 to its 2014 beneficiaries Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Otley Children’s Centre and Otley Action for Older People. Representatives from the beneficiaries who attended the meeting to receive their donations expressed their thanks to the Carnival for all their hard work and the resultant generous donations.
The final Carnival trophies were also awarded to Irene Willis and Jenny Barker, who were the star collectors of the 2014 Parade and to Otley Parish Church Scouts whose Star Wars tableau won the Keith Wilkinson Trophy awarded to the entry receiving most votes from the public on Carnival day.
Local organisations and charities are reminded that one of the first tasks for the Carnival committee when it meets again after the summer will be to select beneficiaries for the 2015 Carnival. Application forms to be a beneficiary will be available in early September and any groups who would like to apply can request a form by contacting Ann Steval (Tel 01943 466995; email firstname.lastname@example.org )
The attached photo shows representatives of the Beneficiaries and trophy winners with the Carnival Queen, Grace Metcalf, Carnival Attendant, Hannah Sykes, and the Town Mayor, Nigel Gill.
For further information contact Ann Steval