The success of this years Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival with more floats, larger crowds and almost 2,000 people taking part in the parade has been matched by even more generosity from local residents and visitors.
Organisers say this year’s bucket collection was the best ever with £5,406.60p donated to the bucket collectors.
Pageant Master David Cooper said, “For me being able to see the benefit that the collection gives to local charities makes all the hard work worthwhile.
“We have started work on 2015 already and I hope that the progression we have seen in entrants and crowd attendance will continue. I think we have come on a long way from 2012 when we restarted the carnival and we continue to learn.”
Carnival patron, MP Stephen Lloyd, said, “On top of the incredible generosity shown by all those thousands of people who came along to support our stunning Sunshine Carnival by donating to the bucket collectors, the money raised from advertising means that this years pot is the best ever - £7,750.
“This means that half of the total amount - £3,875 - will be equally shared between all the charitable organisations who put in a float or walking group. The remaining half then goes toward the running costs of next years carnival. As residents know, I was always determined to build strong foundations under our wonderful carnival to ensure it would never leave Eastbourne again. The support and generosity of the public is helping this happen and for that I am hugely grateful. Thank you.
“The Eastbourne buzz is well and truly up and running.”
Thousands of people lined the seafront on Saturday May 31 for the annual parade, the third organised by Stephen Lloyd’s MP’s Commission.
More than 2,000 people took part in the 2014 Rio by the Sea themed parade which processed from the Western Lawns to Princes Park and included 80 floats, marching bands, drummers, charities, businesses, children’s groups and other organisations.
Leading the carnival was Eastbourne’s new mayor Janet Coles, closely followed by Carnival Queen Charlotte White and Princess April Horscraft, who travelled on a special float made by Eastbourne Working Men’s Club.
The winning float was Eastbourne YMCA and the organisation has been presented with the Carnival Sunshine Carnival Winner’s Shield.