Join in to help make the 2013 Cleethorpes Carnival the best ever
"WHEN we heard it was coming back, we knew we had to get involved."
These were the words of Lives members who are taking part in the 2013 Cleethorpes Carnival for the first time.
Scores of people were at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall for the launch of the resort's event – signaling the start of a new chapter in its much-loved history.
Many have signed up to take part in the parade, sponsored by Young's Seafood Limited, which will raise money for local charity.
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Sue Rudkin and Chris Cole, from North East Lincolnshire First Responders Lives, said: "Not only is it a really important event in the community, it will help raise the profile of our charity. It was really sad to hear it was going to end so when we heard it was coming back, we knew we had to get involved."
Chairman of Cleethorpes Events, Colin Eastwell, said: "It is fantastic to see so many people here – there is a carnival atmosphere already.
"The fact we have sponsorship from Young's gives us confidence that this year is going to be a great year.
"Now we want as many people as possible to get involved. We are determined to put the wow factor back. There is such a lot of enthusiasm, people are so pleased it has been saved."
This would have been the first time in 35 years the carnival was not held after North East Lincolnshire Council stopped funding but Young's stepped up.
And this year, all the money collected will go to charity – including the Fishermen's Mission.
Executive assistant to Young's chief executive, Leendert den Hollander, Laura Mummery, said: "We have not sponsored the carnival for any financial gain, it is purely to put something back into the community.
"It is great to see so many people here tonight. It is exciting to see it all coming together. We want to make this bigger and better than it has ever been. It feels really good to know we are part of such an important event."
Lis and Geoff Buller, from Lincs Quest, have been in the parade every year for 30 years.
Geoff said: "It is fantastic it can keep going thanks to Young's and great to see a big crowd here. We are really looking forward to it."
The carnival will set off from Sidney Park, Cleethorpes, at 3pm, on July 20.
To find out how you can get involved, log on to www.cleethorpescarnival.co.uk or follow them on Twitter.