The organisers of Prestwich Carnival have appealed for support as "financial pressures" put the event at risk.

The annual carnival has remained a fixture in the village for more than a century, but organisers now say that rising costs and a lack of volunteers mean it’s future is in doubt.

They are now appealing for help to ensure the popular annual event can continue for years to come.

The carnival weekend is 101 years old, but its future has been thrown into doubt due to three main issues- rising costs, lack of volunteers, and reduced sponsorship.

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The event celebrated its 100th birthday last year after a two-year absence in the village due to the pandemic. 

Carnival chair Peter Roberts said: “All of our costs, such as insurance, toilet hire, security and first aid, have increased significantly and we’ve also had sponsors drop out adding to the financial pressure.

“As well as this, we can’t put the Grand Parade on without a required number of traffic marshals.

"We also need people to help on the day, with, for example, car parking and litter picking.”

Peter added: “We’re asking for volunteers to come forward to help over the weekend of June 24 and 25.

"And we’re also appealing for sponsors to come forward.

“It would tragic if one of the few remaining carnivals in the North West was to fade away.

“Prestwich is a great place to live, there’s a real vibe about the place now, especially with the regeneration of the town centre happening.

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“We all want the carnival to succeed but we need the help of local residents and businesses for this to happen.”

If you’re able to volunteer, sponsor or make a donation, visit its website or email