Thanks to Cowes Carnival. Santa Claus on his float.

The organisers of Cowes’ Christmas Carnival say a “lack of funding” means they have been forced to cancel this year’s event.

Every year, volunteers from the committee transform a summer-themed carnival float into a Christmas one.

Children who visit it – either on its street tours or stationary trips to the town – get a letter from Santa Claus and his elves.

Around 300 were delivered to the homes of Isle of Wight children last year – and each letter has its own personal touch.

However, organisers say finance means this year’s plans have been “stopped in their tracks.”

Stuart Ellis, from the Cowes Carnival Committee, told Isle of Wight Radio:

“300 letters is a lot of evenings Father Christmas and his elves sit their reading letters and replying to them. It makes it special for the child.”

“Unfortunately the weather during the summer carnivals wasn’t that helpful towards the carnivals on the Island. Our main carnival we had rain.

“As soon as you have that, the numbers on the street – who would normally put money in the collection bucket – go down.

“On top of that, it is all the other bills we have to pay for.”

Stuart says, as of now, the event is cancelled – but if they had “some money coming in he is sure it could be saved.”

A fundraising page has not been set up by the committee. Stuart says it is to avoid a percentage of the money going to the page, instead of them.

Organisers are urging Islanders who want to help, to get in touch with the Cowes Carnival Facebook page.