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Future of Solihull Carnival in doubt after organisers pull the plug

THE future of Solihull Carnival is under threat after organisers, Shirley Round Table, say disastrous weather in recent years means they will to have to pull the plug on the annual celebration.

THE future of Solihull Carnival is under threat after organisers Shirley Round Table say disastrous weather in recent years means they will to have to pull the plug on the annual celebration.

One of the borough's most popular events, the Carnival started life in the 1930s and the Round Table have been involved since 1955 but heavy rain has put a dampener on the traditional family outing.

Eddie Halliday, spokesperson for the community group, admitted the event was in trouble.

"It's dead," he said. "It's been a washout and with just 12 of us running it, its hard going.

"We had sponsorship from Laser UK and the Village hotel and they bailed us out over the last two years and covered the losses.

"But there comes a point when as a Shirley group, we felt we ought to be moving to more events in Shirley.

"We've picked up the Donkey Derby from Shirley Rotary Club who closed and that was the big catalyst."

The Tablers say they are in talks with local community groups with a view to handing over the reins, a move that the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, is keen to support.

"I would love to see it continue. You can't put a value on what Shirley Round Table do for the borough and it's a crying shame.

"I would like to see the council involved even if they can broker something.

"It's important we work together to keep it running."

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