Volunteers  are “desperately needed” to help with this year’s Witham Carnival after several committee members had to leave their posts. 

Michael Watson, the committee chairman, said: “Every year you want to make it bigger and that will be very difficult to do without the extra help.

“We need a procession manager and an arena manager as well, as on the day of the carnival we have the field in Maldon Road and put on events."

If you are interested in getting involved in this year's carnival, due to take place on July 12, call Mr Watson on 07904591564, email chairman@withamcarnival.org.uk or message him on Facebook.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.