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Web helps revive town's carnival

Lester Hughes, Dylan Morris and Brian Morris
Ready for the carnival: [L-R] Lester Hughes, Dylan Morris and Brian Morris

Three friends have relaunched their town's annual carnival with the help of social networking site Facebook.

The friends from Pwllheli in Gwynedd got the idea after one of them had a "mini-carnival" theme for his stag do before his wedding last year.

Interest grew as they used Facebook for promotion, with 150 joining their carnival club in only a few days.

The chairman of Pwllheli Chamber of Trade said he welcomed any bid to get more visitors into the town.

If it all goes to plan the event should be held in the town again in August bank holiday this year.

"I got married last year and asked the lads to organise a carnival stag do for me," said Lester Hughes.

"It grew from there really, as the lads organised a carnival for me and we had so much fun that loads of people were asking us if they could join in."

New technology has now enabled us to get people together again to restart the old tradition
Dylan Morris

Brian Morris said he had not expected such a response when the friends posted their carnival ideas on Facebook.

"I was shocked as within four to five days of putting it on we had 150 people joining the club.

"We have also been contacted by two businesses in Pwllheli who are willing to help with the carnival, and we hope to get more people to join us," he said.

Pwllheli had suffered from a negative image, but a carnival could be a great event to get people together, he added.

Dylan Morris said: "Our mini-carnival was a great success and we are looking now to do the same thing, only bigger, and to get everyone involved.

"The town carnival was an important event in the town over the years, and people remember it.

"New technology has now enabled us to get people together again to restart the old tradition," he added.

"I was brought up with the carnival in Pwllheli," said Ifor Hughes, chair of the town's chamber of trade.

"I think it's a good thing for the youngsters in Pwllheli and the Lleyn and wish the lads every success in organising it.

"It would be good for business too, as I remember crowds of people here on carnival day," Mr Hughes added.

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