Hard work and dedication bring the Carnival back

Published: 03 August 2021

The Town Council would like to express its sincere thanks to the work of the Deal Community Carnival for bringing so many events back for this year’s Regatta Week. It was a much-needed tonic for the town after a very difficult time. 

Last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic was a sad loss for us all, not least to the hardworking team behind the scenes.

The Town Council has supported the carnival for many years with grant funding. Since 2016 the Council has awarded Deal Carnival a grand total of £5,280. They were pleased to repeat an annual grant in 2020, awarding Deal Community Carnival £1,000 to help the team get on with planning for this year. 

In a week packed with events, the Mayor & Mayoress of Deal were delighted to be able to support the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the Dinosaur 10k, as well as the Carnival.

The Carnival organisers’ excellent network brings Carnival Courts from across the county to Deal and at their request the Mayor, Councillor Chris Turner, was happy to host many of the Mayors from these towns at the annual pre-event reception on Thursday evening.

Earlier in the afternoon The Mayor & Mayoress enjoyed meeting Carnival participants in the parade before their departure. An enthusiastic rendition of the YMCA dance will stay with them for some time to come! 

The Mayor said, “Regatta Week culminated in a joyous carnival parade on Thursday evening, and it was very heartening to see so many people lining the streets of Deal. We still need to be cautious about the virus, but it certainly felt on Thursday evening that we are getting back to something close to how things used to be.”