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Hove Park will host carnival to raise money for the Martlets Hospice and Hove Lions
Carnival favourites will be at Hove Park tomorrow.
Jointly run by the Martlets Hospice and fundraising group Hove Lions, the 41st annual Hove Carnival will raise money for the hospice and other charities.
Martlets Hospice director of fundraising Robert Griffiths said: “A lot of people who come to the carnival remember coming as children and they are now bringing their children or their grandchildren.
“There’s a great family atmosphere and it’s a nice way to spend a bank holiday – enjoying the funfair and picnicking on the grass.”
Ben Burford’s Smiley Train will be one of the attractions for children and adults, along with Punch and Judy shows, a coconut shy and swing boats.
An arena in the centre of the park will host live displays of Zumba, hip-hop dance, drumming, the Royal Navy’s field gun competition and a dog and duck show in which trained dogs herd ducks.
There will also be a Fun Dog Show, costing £2 to register a dog on the day.
Started in 1973, the carnival was run by Hove Lions until last year when the club had to step back and let the hospice deal with much of the organisation. Club member Val Roberts, who will be president from July, said: “Hove Lions have had great fun running the carnival over the last 40 years.
“It’s been hard work for the people involved but it’s been a wonderful community event.
“Because of dwindling numbers we had to amalgamate with Martlets but we can see the carnival will be in good hands.”
The hospice in Hove provides end of life care services to adults with terminal illnesses.
All services are free of charge, and as less than a third of funding is provided by the Government, the hospice must raise £9,000 a day for services for patients and their families.
Last year’s carnival raised more than £20,000. Hove Carnival is from midday to 6pm on Monday.
Entry is free.
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