Exmouth Carnival 2010 route "a complete disaster"

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By TheGreenMan | Sunday, October 10, 2010, 03:13

AN EXMOUTH CARNIVAL organizer is describing the 2010 route as “a complete disaster”. The shortened procession circuit has been blamed for throwing the carnival into chaos. And the Procession Coordinator says he’s so angry that he intends to pull out of future Exmouth Carnivals.

The shortened carnival route – due to The Strand improvement works – created overcrowding in the town on Saturday 9 October. The Parade was particularly packed, with people spilling into the road to see the event. The atmosphere seemed tense too, not helped by the claustrophobic crowd conditions. But the new route’s main failing was at the Marine Way roundabout, the start and finish point for this year's Carnival.

At about 8.20pm the front of the procession arrived at the roundabout to complete the Carnival circuit, only to discover that the parade's final floats hadn’t left yet. Consequently the procession slowed up and gradually ground to a halt, not helped when two large floats lost their generator power.

Things were especially chaotic near the KFC at the Marine Way roundabout where organizers split the procession into two groups to disperse it. Large floats and vehicles were sent to the left of the roundabout while smaller groups and individuals were sent to the right. But although the dispersal procedure may have been clear to the organizers, it confused and angered the public.

"This year's carnival was a complete disaster route-wise," said Rob Waller, the Procession Co-Coordinator. "I will not do another Exmouth Carnival again. I understand that the public are angry. It was too short a route. Once both ends of the procession had joined up near the KFC on the roundabout, there wasn’t anywhere for them to go. Then there were some technical problems with two of the large floats losing their generator power. But they did ever so well to keep going and complete the circuit.”

It’s currently unclear how much money was raised for charitable causes. The figure is likely to be confirmed in a few days’ time.

What did you think of this year's Exmouth Carnival? Was it a delight or a disaster? Post your Carnival comments below. And check out Exmouth Carnival 2010 for more pictures of this year's event




  • Profile image for carnival100

    Exmouth carnival was an enjoyable night, We as a walking entry laughed and danced our way round with our road crew doing the same. We were near the front of the carnival and when we arrived back at the start we had a laugh with some of the floats that were still there who all seemed rather happy , in good spirits and looking forward to getting going. Well done Rob , if exmouth loose you the carnival won't be the same.

    By carnival100 at 11:49 on 12/10/10

  • Profile image for CAM_MAN

    'the front of the procession arrived at the roundabout to complete the Carnival circuit, only to discover that the parade's final floats hadn’t left yet. Consequently the procession slowed up and gradually ground to a halt, not helped when two large floats lost their generator power.'...Hillarious planning capabilities

    By CAM_MAN at 17:40 on 11/10/10

  • Profile image for mickey93

    The best carinval yet.
    Exmouth has seen the hard work of one man who has put on Exmouth carnival for years. He says it was a disater not to everyone. the carnival had a few hitches which wasn't the orgaizers fault you can't know where the public is going to stand for the event and you don't know what other things are going to happen.The route was rethought because exmouth had a refit and the strand isn't open to traffic like it was and if you don't try things it will be the same for ever.
    THANKS to Mr Waller we people of Exmouth had a carnival which was a great carnival.
    I will be sorry to see rob give it all up as he puts 110% in it but never gets much back. He helps make the floats for some clubs and spends every spare moment tring to oragise the following years event.
    mis haps happen the people on the floats can only make the most of it and the orgaisers can only try to help. the float about get us out of ere was great and looked fantanic even though it had no lights on from the start it looked great i found out later it was one that the genator decided to give up on But the crew looked like they were enjoying them selfs any way.
    good luck for the future rob hope you don't mis it to much and THANKS for a GREAT carinval 2010.

    By mickey93 at 10:35 on 11/10/10

  • Profile image for nutterscc2010

    we were on one of the floats and apart fron the shortened route and our lights not working we had a great time and hopefully if there is a carnival in 2011 they will but it back to the original route which nearly everyone including the people on the float will enjoy how can people say its not enjoyable we have a carnival every year in our small town and everybody loves it

    By nutterscc2010 at 21:50 on 10/10/10

  • Profile image for ALGrace

    Who does Rob Waller blame for the carnival being such a disaster?

    By ALGrace at 16:24 on 10/10/10

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