Portland Carnival could return after 30 year absence

Image caption It is hoped the event on Portland could be a week-long celebration

An island carnival in Dorset could be revived after nearly 30 years.

Organisers hope that Portland Carnival, which was last held in the early 1980s, could return as soon as 2012 and would be an annual event.

Planning for the event is now open to public consultation.

Fi Woods, carnival chairman, said: "We want to give something good back to Portland - a community-led event, for the community."

Ms Woods, who rode a horse during the carnival in the early 1980s for HMS Osprey Saddle Club, added: "No one we've spoken to can remember the exact date of the last carnival, but they all have a glint in their eye when they talk about it.

"We want to know whether people want a traditional festival with a king and queen, floats and a pedestrian procession, or whether they want something more modern."

There are hopes that the event, which used to run for one day, could eventually be made into a week-long celebration.

A meeting is being held later at The Open Arms on Portland for people to express their views.

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