Firefighter’s Carnival Event at the Museum

Posted by Tenby Museum on Jul 29, 2019 Blog, Event Archive No Comments

As part of the 100 years of Tenby Carnival celebrations. Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is holding an event with Tenby Fire Service. On the morning of Friday 9 August, Lee Simmons, Community Fire Safety Officer at Tenby Station will be at the museum as part of the launch of the new book 100 Years of Tenby’s Carnival.

Lee said, “The book became an idea of mine back in 2016. This particular carnival was a weather affected year, with lots of rain throughout the day. I was on the harbour, looking around at the crowds and thought, the people and their families, year after year, having been coming along to support our annual event, for how many years? And here the journey began”

Digging deeper thought various local archives at the library and Tenby Observer offices, Lee uncovered the fact that the first carnival dated from 1919.   From here he began to source many local groups such as the museum. Discussing the project of a centenary celebratory carnival with his colleagues, they suggested an idea of a book. Lee then contacted Andrew Lowe of Signature Design who recommended a local author who might wish to help out.

Lee went out into the community, asking for photographs or memories of previous carnivals. He also sought reminiscences from his peers in the service. Three years of hard work later, the book is now at the printers, ready to be on sale from the beginning of carnival week. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the firefighter’s charity. The book will be on sale at Tenby Bookshop and one or two other retail outlets to be confirmed shortly.

The book launch will take place at the museum between 10am and 12.30pm on 9 August.