VENTNOR residents turned out in force to lend support to the town’s carnival, which was under threat.
The Isle of Wight carnival was in trouble after it was left with just £200 in its coffers after a poor collection this year.
Chairman, Eddie Goodlet, said at the extraordinary general meeting at the Crab and Lobster pub last Thursday: "People do not realise how expensive it is to run a carnival but it is not just money.
"We need more volunteers, we need marshals and more floats."
During the meeting is was announced since the EGM had been called, two people had made sizeable donations.
A third donation was made half-way through the meeting. The cash injection led to the chairman announcing the carnival would have just enough money to start preparations for next year’s 125th anniversary parades.
Several questions were raised about the town council’s donation of £700 to Christmas at Ventnor.
The chairman explained it was an entirely separate event. He added the money was never given to Christmas at Ventnor and its committee thought the administrative help from a council employee was being made on a voluntary basis.
The landlady of the Crab and Lobster, Diane Weedon, said: "My daughter was a princess in the carnival and I have seen how hard the committee work in the build-up and on the day.
"Hopefully, I can provide some help by setting up a quiz night league between the local pubs," she added.
One of three people to dig deep was Meg Mortimer, from the Spyglass Inn, who donated £500.
He said: "I think its just a fantastic thing and part of the town’s heritage. We put a float in every year and we think its an important week for the town.
"Combined with the fringe, its an excellent week for bringing people into Ventnor."
Ventnor Town Council this week agreed to set up a working party with the carnival committee to consider future funding.