SHIRLEY Carnival is back – hoping to be ‘bigger, better and wilder’ than ever before – with a Wild West theme for this year’s calendar highlight.
The annual Shirley Lions-organised event will be descending on Shirley Park on Saturday, July 9.
And the organisers, who are eager to keep on building on the event’s growing success, are appealing for local businesses to lend a helping hand with the sponsorship.
Some businesses have already stepped in to help – including Smart Homes, Property Link Estate Agents and The Window Centre – but more funds are still needed.
Lions leader Gillian Conlon, believes sponsoring the event could help firms promote themselves and help local charities in the process.
She said: “Shirley Lions have been organising Shirley Carnival for over 35 years and unfortunately the costs incurred in staging the event get greater and greater each year.
“Without the help of local businesses we simply could not run the event
“There are several opportunities to promote your business through the Carnival, such as an advert in the programme, sponsoring the stalls or sponsoring one of the arena events booked to appear on the big day.”
Keeping up with the ‘Wild West’ theme, there will be a chance for children to run riot as Cowboys and Indians and get involved in the fancy dress competition. Stall holders – don’t go thinking you’ve got a lucky escape – you should dress up too.
For further information on how to become a sponsor or to book a Carnival stall, contact Lion Gillian on 0845 833 9547 or visit www.shirleylions.co.uk