BARRY Hyde, a member of the Promoting Rossendale Partnership Board, takes a look at Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival.
THE Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival is organised solely by the Bacup And Stacksteads Carnival Organisation (BASCO), a small group of volunteers who give up hours of their own time to arrange the event.
They fundraise through a number of events, including quiz nights and collections, apply for grants and organise and manage the event on the day.
In 2004, the carnival in its original format ceased.
In 2008 a group got together through Facebook and pledged to ‘Bring Back Bacup Carnival’.
In June 2010, after 18 months of fundraising, the first relaunched carnival took place and the traditional fair was put back in the Stubbylee and Moorlands parks in Bacup, where it had always been based.
The relaunch of the carnival was a huge success and has continued to grow ever since despite Bacup’s unpredictable microclimate. The Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival will be back again in Stubbylee and Moorlands Park on Sunday, June 24.
The carnival traditionally starts with a parade of floats, dancers, local community groups and music which starts from Broadclough Mill, Burnley Road, in Bacup at 11am.
The parade will travel through Bacup centre and on to the parks where there will be live music, dancing, fun and stalls until around 4pm.
This event is very much staged by the community, for the community and celebrating the traditions of Bacup.
The organisers are always looking for volunteers to raise much-needed funds and help organise and manage the event. Can you help? Could you volunteer to help fundraise?
Could you help on the day to ensure the event runs smoothly?
If so, please email the organisers at info@basco. org.uk
●● Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival 2017