The Gibbs family is a great supporter of local events and have created a ‘Spirit of Carnival’ award to help encourage participation in the Isle of Wight’s traditional carnivals.
The first award for the season was made at Newport Carnival on Thursday night, followed by Sandown Carnival on Saturday.
Neil Gibbs comments:
“We have been involved with carnivals all our lives and we enter our Spyglass float into the Ventnor carnival every year.
“We wanted to create this award to recognise those people or organisations that have really got into the spirit of the occasion. It might not be the biggest or most impressive entry, but it should demonstrate what our carnivals are all about.”
The Gibbs family are the owners of The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor; The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport; The Steamer Inn, Shanklin and The Dairyman’s Daughter in Arreton. Each pub is donating cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, with the overall winner being chosen by the group and receiving the Gibbs Family trophy at the end of the season.
Jane Gibbs commented:
“I’ve always loved working with the Island’s carnivals and am regularly involved in many events with the groups. We are really pleased to be able to support and encourage those taking part in this much loved tradition”.
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In all, 4 Island carnival committees have agreed to work with the pubs this year and it is hoped that this might increase in future, they are:
- Newport Carnival, 26th July
- Sandown Carnival 28th July
- Ventnor Carnival, 8th August
- Ryde Carnival, 30th August