As the City gears up for the 25th Anniversary of the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carniva,l all the agencies involved in delivering the festivities are keen to ensure that families can enjoy the experience in a fun and safe environment.
Launching the “Carnival Care” initiative for 2011, Mayor Maurice Devenney said that “with everyone’s help and co-operation we can all ensure that this year sees a fun and safe festival for everyone”.
The Mayor, who is also the Chair of the Civic Alcohol Forum, said: “I have no doubt that The Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival 2011 will once again be an absolutely fantastic event for everyone involved.
“I’m sure that no-one would disagree that it’s vital that the Carnival is fun but also a safe and secure environment for everyone, and we all have a part to play in ensuring that this is the case,” he said.
Joanne Smith, manager of the Drink Think Project said: “The celebrations and bustle around Halloween can lend this celebration to be a time when teenagers might experiment with alcohol, often for the first time. We urge parents to take the time to talk to their children about alcohol and to know where their child will be, keep in contact with them while they are out, be at home to check they are ok when they come in.”
Centre City PSNI Inspector, Michelle Boyd, said while everyone wants to have a good time at Hallowe’en, safety is paramount.
Inspector Boyd said: “Safety is paramount when it comes to these events and we are working closely with a number of agencies to ensure that everyone enjoys their night and gets home in one piece.”
For full programme details on the Carnival Care campaign and to download copies of the leaflet for parents and for young people visit: www.derrycity.gov.uk/care