Mr Carnival Retires

“Galleywood Carnival said a fond farewell to its founding father Jonathan Smee this year. Mr Smee, the driving force behind the revival of the village carnival in 1977, has decided to take a back seat. He was properly known as Mr Carnival after 14 years unstinting work as its chairman and lately as secretary and treasurer. Mr Smee said he was making good progress after an horrific motoring accident which nearly claimed his life, and hoped to return to full time work shortly as a Union Conference Organiser. ‘I decided that it was best that I devote myself to getting back to work and so with the greatest regret I have stepped down although I will be in the background to help where I can.’ said Mr Smee.

The carnival’s current chairman, Mr Ian Gowing, presented him with a framed print of a railway train to mark his enthusiasm for the age of steam, on behalf of the people of Galleywood. This year’s street collection raised £345 which will be divided between the Scouts and Guides and the two playgroups in the village. The hotly contested tug of war was won once again by the team from Brunnings the builders., their 11th win on the trot.”