Thank you from Mike George Carnival Chairman

Following the success of another Horley carnival I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on this fact. 

As Chairman I have the privilege of leading a team of dedicated volunteers from local organisations

and some who are just individuals who give up many hours of their time not only planning the Carnival but also working on the day in various roles helped by a large number of other volunteers as marshals on the gate, around The Recreation Ground and supporting the parade. My thanks also to Bob, the town centre caretaker, who keeps the ground free of litter and the bins are emptied

Then we have the local businesses that support us by supplying banners and advertising boards and assisting with setting up the ground on the day of the carnival. Others allow us to display posters in their shop windows. Reigate & Banstead Borough Council who make the Victoria Road car park available to assemble the parade and grant the road closure order. The YMCA also gave up their car park for the band support vehicles.

The highlight for many is the Parade made possible by the generosity of local transport companies and farmers who give their time and resources freely with the latter providing hay bales for use on the floats whilst one of their number delivers straw bales to sit on whilst enjoying the various events in the arena. 

To the many organisations who had stalls around the ground to add to the atmosphere on the day. 

I also appreciate and acknowledge the continuing support of our sponsors led by Gatwick Airport. 

On the day I received many compliments from outside organisations for which this was their first time at the Carnival saying what a fantastic day it was; particularly how friendly the residents were. They added that there are not many traditional Carnivals left most killed off by health and safety. 

I could not end this reflection without mentioning the most important factor which is, you, the wonderful people of Horley who turn out in their thousands to take part or attend. If I am asked what makes this town special it’s you; your community spirit and your enthusiasm for the Carnival and our other community events which take place throughout the year. 

We will give ourselves a short break before we begin planning for Horley Carnival 2024. Hope to see you there. 

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