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Gillingham Carnival
The Gillingham Carnival procession in 2019.

The organisers of the Gillingham Carnival have decided not to hold this year’s carnival processsion, which had been scheduled for 9 October.

The decision, which means the town’s procession has now been cancelled two years in a row, was taken by the Gillingham Carnival Committee after ‘careful consideration’, it says.

The committee said: ‘We feel that should Covid social distancing restrictions still be in place for large events it would be impossible to safely control large crowds on the streets of Gillingham.

‘The Wessex Grand Prix Circuit has carried out a survey of their entrant members, which showed that while entrants are keen to support carnivals they do have difficulties.

‘Covid restrictions over the past year has meant that they could not hold fundraising events so their funds are low. Also, as restrictions for smaller gatherings will not be lifted before 21st June they will not have sufficient time to build floats.’

However, the organisers say they hope to be able to hold a number of other smaller events during Carnival Week, Sunday 3 October to Saturday 9 October.

These include:
Window Spotting
Walking Treasure Hunt
Quiz Sheets
Children’s Painting Competition
Carnival Scarecrows
Virtual Carnival

The committee said details will be released later in the year, when they have been finalised.

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