A Hampshire college has saved a historic local carnival from cancellation by stepping in as the official sponsor.

After concerns the 103-year-old Totton and Eling carnival would be cancelled due to lack of funds, Totton College offered up financial support to keep it afloat following discussions with carnival organisers.

Not only will the college now fund the event, but students on the BTEC public services courses will act as stewards on the day.

Derek Headrige, the college’s campus principal, said: “The carnival is close to the hearts of many residents here in Totton which is why it is so important to us that it goes ahead. It is a longstanding tradition and is always well attended.

“It is a really upbeat and positive event that brings the whole community together and we are delighted to be providing our support this year to make it happen.”

The theme of the carnival – which takes place on June 10 – is ‘animals’, and there are around 16 floats expected on the day.


Main image: A float from last year’s Totton carnival 

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