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Caarnival plan is set to boost Oswaldtwistle's trade
6:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A TOWN’S businesses are hoping to boost local trade with an annual carnival event.
Networking group Oswaldtwistle Town Team are looking to bring a lively event to the streets to attract more visitors.
The scheme is also being backed by the Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, which has helped organise local festivals, such as the Alice in Wonderland Festival Weather or Not, and Welcome to Gobbinland events.
The civic’s director Gayle Knight said the carnival plan was the brainchild of local business people who began participating in regular networking meet ups at the arts centre this year Several volunteers are still needed to help make the plan a reality and help organise fundraising.
If the carnival plan gains enough backing organisers hope to see it take place next summer.
Mrs Knight said: “We do need a few volunteers to help with the planning and fundraising.
“It’s still at the planning stages but everyone is really excited about it. The town team have been brainstorming ways to promote the town and liven things up.
“A carnival is a perfect event for that and to get people interested in coming to Oswaldtwistle in the summer.
“We would need the whole community to come together to create a carnival for Oswaldtwistle, so anyone with ideas should get in touch.”
Oswaldtwistle Town Team has already has success in boosting local trade since forming earlier this year. The task force of local business owners was formed after gaining ‘town team’ funding from the national scheme launched by retail guru Mary Portas.
The group spent £1,000 of Portas funding, plus contributions from retailers on brochures and marketing services which boosted trade at some outlets by 50 per cent.
To find out more or get involved with Oswaldtwistle Carnival, visit the website wix.com/civicartscentre, visit the arts centre on Union Road or call 01254 398319.
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