This is my first article published as a cadet journalist six weeks after I started working in the media.
THE Mordialloc carnival’s bright lights went out for the last time last night.
After 45 years, the carnival is over.
“It is the fashion of our times that youngsters are simply not interested in the form of entertainment that we have been providing,” the secretary of the Mordialloc Carnival Committee, Mr E.T. Preston said last night.
‘Attendances dropped away to nothing.”
The turnover has dwindled to $8500 in 1967. In the 1950s, the average profit was $30,000 to $40,000.
Operating since 1924, the carnival has given more than $500,000 to the development of Mordialloc providing shore construction, sporting facilities and gifts to charities.
Are the residents of the area unhappy to see it go?
“We have not been very often; there’s really not much here,” said Mr H. Redmond, father of three young children, who lives near the carnival.
Neil Sinclair, 17, of Mordialloc, said: “The ghost train wouldn’t scare my little sister.
“It’s a pretty dead place.”
The peeling paint, the broken timber walls, the empty rides and the relative unconcern of the people seemed to support this view.
The Minister for Housing, Mr Meagher, was one of the many guests at the carnival last night.
The carnival site will be used as a park and the council will spend $40,000 to improve boating facilities in the area.