Our beloved long serving Carnival committee member David Low, known to many as Dave, passed away on Friday 26th June 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He was a husband, father, grandfather and committee member! He was a jack of all trades regarding the carnival.
9 times out of 10 if you needed anything, he had it, either in his trusty Land Rover or in his shed at home! He was on the committee for 17 years and loved his role. He knew a lot about the Carnival and loved looking at the old carnival bits. He helped many traders, dealt with a lot of the setting up and basically enjoyed himself, even if he did overdo it occasionally.
Dave kept most of his cancer journey quiet. His journey was shared on his terms! He will be sadly missed not just by the Carnival committee, and his family, but by many others.
A funeral has been arranged but due to the current pandemic, numbers are taken up by family and a Just Giving page with donations going to McMillan will be set up in due course.
A message from Dave’s family:
Losing our Dad has come as a bit of a shock even though we expected it. These past few months/weeks, in the current circumstances, have been hard. Dad went downhill quite quickly and left us too soon. It is very surprising how many people Dad knew/helped. He was always helping, being nosey and butting in. That is how he joined the Carnival!! Please bear with the family as we grieve for our loss. Dad you were 1 in a million and we love you and miss you loads. Xxx
Dave’s daughter Jemma and wife Sue asked if they could write this and we were more than happy to oblige.
Julie Bellamy Chairman
Statement from the Felixstowe Carnival Committee
After careful consideration, we regret to announce that the Felixstowe Carnival weekend planned for 24-26 July 2020 will unfortunately no longer take place.
The decision to cancel the event takes account a number of factors, not least of course the scale of the current public health emergency and likely continuing restrictions to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus. We are acutely aware too that businesses – our supporters and suppliers among them – have been substantially affected; many are unable to trade currently and when they are able to resume, there will be staffing and supply challenges to overcome.
However, we must all try to remain optimistic and look forward to better times ahead soon. It is for that reason that the Committee are now looking into staging a seafront event over the late Summer Bank Holiday weekend of 28-30 August.
We hope that by then, Felixstowe and neighbours will be able to come together to celebrate the very real sense of community that exists in our town – it has always been there of course, but perhaps is all the more visible now through the generosity of spirit, support to others and acts of kindness shown by so many during the crisis.
As there will be no procession this year we are also exploring the possibility of a ‘virtual Carnival’ which would be published on our website and Facebook page. We will let you have more details later.
We sincerely appreciate support from local businesses and organisations through sponsorship and advertising to finance Felixstowe Carnival. In light of the unprecedented challenges facing everyone we will not be reaching out for financial support this year from them and we will also be refunding monies already received.
Finally, we wish to acknowledge our grateful thanks to Felixstowe Town Council, Felixstowe Forward and East Suffolk Council for their advice and support.
Keep safe Felixstowe – we will strive to offer some sort of event later this year to benefit the whole community and with your help we are more determined than ever to make 2021 the biggest and best Felixstowe Carnival yet.
The Theme for 2020 is :-
Heroes & Villains
Everybody has a favourite, what is yours?
Who or what will it be?
We are looking forward to seeing the results of your planning.
To enter the procession, check out our website or email email@example.com
We are very pleased to announce our next charity event.
Our entertainment showcase includes up and coming talent
and we look forward to you joining us for the evening.
Tickets are available now.
And the Procession winners are :-
Group A Mad House Cafe
Group B Fairfield Infant and Colneis Junior Schools
Group C Languard Fort
Group D Team Spirit Elite Cheerleaders
Overall Winner – Fairfield Infant and Colneis Junior Schools
James Wearne Trophy for Best Dressed Entry – Tiffers
Our next fundraising event is announced.
Charity Curry Night on Monday 25th March at Bombay Nite in Walton 7pm start.
Games, quizzes, raffle and some of the very best authentic Indian cuisine.
A wonderful evening of good food and fun whilst helping to raise funds for our 2019 Carnival.
Please reserve your tickets on 01394 671119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org