Carnival attendees call for dog ban to be lifted
PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:11 04 July 2019
A decision to ban dogs at a carnival in a Norfolk town has been labelled unfair by those hoping to take their canine companions to the event.
Pet owners heading to the Attleborough Carnival this weekend expressed their disappointment after it was announced that dogs would not be allowed into the evening entertainment at the recreation ground.
Organisers, made up of volunteers, said the decision was out of their control and that they were restricted by the rules imposed by the town council, which owns the land.
Writing on the event page, they said: "Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the recreation ground behind Connaught Hall any day of the year."
The Party on the Park event on Saturday evening will feature live music from 80s tribute band WhamDuran and local support acts, as well as hot food, and is the only section of the carnival off limit to dogs.
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But some in the town said they were frustrated that the council had decided to keep the dog ban in place for the event.
Julia Millar said she would find it difficult to attend the event if she was not allowed to bring her two-year-old Springer Spaniel, Flossie.
She said: "I could understand if this was an indoor concert but it's outside in the summer and people want to bring the whole family along. There isn't many events I can bring my dog to but this is one that would make sense to let her in. It isn't fair to exclude people and it's put me off going because I don't want to leave her at home."
Following an influx of complaints from dog lovers, Attleborough Town Council said it would hold a council vote on whether to lift the ban for the event and would announce the results before Saturday.
Despite the chorus of objections to the ban, others said they were in favour of keeping the event a dog-free zone.
Henry Skate, whose 13-year-old son is autistic and terrified of dogs, said a music event was not the place for pets.
He added: "There are plenty of people who do not want to interact with dogs and there's no reason people can't leave them at home. The fact is people don't clear up after them enough."