Carnival-goers told 'Don't buy from unofficial pedlars'
to tonight's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival are being urged not to buy
from unofficial 'street pedlars.'
is among 14 towns across Somerset that have joined forces to crackdown
on 'street pedlars' this carnival season.
towns have formed the 'Somerset Carnivals Consortium' and have combined
resources to buy merchandise that's similar in style to that sold
by pedlars. The goods will be sold at each carnival by group members
at a much lower price.
will be five official carnival traders tables set-up along the route
of tonight's carnival and those running the stalls will be dressed
in official uniforms to try and make them quickly identifiable.
New, Chairman of Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There has been a steady growth in the numbers of pedlars coming
to Burnham-On-Sea and other towns during the carnival season to
sell various merchandise - they rake up the money and then leave
after each event, giving nothing to the town carnivals."
are therefore trying to price them out of the market by selling
our own low--priced merchandise, keeping the proceeds within the
carnivals, and flooding the market so it means they no longer see
it beneficial to come here."
publicity campaign in the lead up to the carnivals is encouraging
the public to buy goods only from these recognised and authorised
sellers, with purchasers made aware that all profits will be put
back into carnival.
for the Somerset Carnivals Consortium said: "In recent years
there has been an explosion in the numbers of pedlars descending
on Somerset towns during the autumn carnival season."
this is due, in no small part, to the tremendous success of our
parades, but in previous years these traders have brought very little
benefit for organising committees or clubs who voluntarily put in
hours of work to put the show on the road."
feel it is time to redress the situation to ensure that carnivals,
and the charities they support, receive maximum return for our endeavours."
group adds that an "out-of-date" Act of Parliament has
allowed street pedlars to trade anywhere in the country.
consortium adds: "If we cant beat them we have to join
them. By doing so, our is aim to redistribute some of their massive
profits to offset some of our ever-increasing costs."
on for sale from the official carnival sellers will be bunny ears
plus flashing wands, batons, windmills and whistles, and other items
which children love at carnivals.
are delighted that this campaign has already received the support
of local authorities and the police. This has encouraged us to pursue
our ultimate ambition of removing from our streets the plague of
pedlars who eat into our resources, with little, if any, recompense
for carnival organisations, carnival clubs and charities who are
the ones who really put in all the work."
carnivals taking part in the scheme are Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater,
Weston-super-Mare, North Petherton, Taunton, Shepton Mallet, Wells,
Glastonbury, Wincanton, Wellington, Chard, Ilminster, Midsomer Norton,
Castle Cary and Ansford.
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