A carnival remains in danger of folding after only three people responded to an appeal for help.

Witham’s procession has been in an annual fixture in the town calendar for 61 years but was held on and off between 1929 and 1951.

But age and work commitments forced about eight of its 18 volunteers on the carnival committee to step down after July’s event.

Despite an encouraging response following a plea for help in October, only three new volunteers joined the committee at its recent meeting.

If you can help, call Miss Victor on 07769 152 330 or email chaperone@withamcarnival.org.uk. Or call Michael Watson on 07904 220 090 or email chairman@withamcarnival.org.uk

The committee’s next meeting is on January 10 at Monni's in Newland Street from 8pm.