THE star of Bideford s famous New Year's Eve celebrations could wane if Barnstaple s continues to rise. So says Sue Russell, founder of the community arts group Flying Colours, which produced spectacular carnival parades in 2005 and 2006. She is worried

THE star of Bideford's famous New Year's Eve celebrations could wane if Barnstaple's continues to rise. So says Sue Russell, founder of the community arts group Flying Colours, which produced spectacular carnival parades in 2005 and 2006.She is worried that, unless more is done in the future, the event could lose its profile, although an estimated 12,000 attended last month's festivities.Speaking of the general feedback she had heard about the event this year, she told the Gazette: "Even though the weather was kind, people were disappointed that there was little going on, especially in the early evening, which is normally a family time. "There was also a fear that Bideford may lose out in the future if Barnstaple's profile continues to increase - and Bideford is nationally renowned for its New Year celebrations."Sue said she was not worried by Barnstaple's success last year, which saw an estimated 10,000 revellers - many in costume - turn out to the revamped town Square.She is arranging a public meeting for mid-February, when she hopes the Bideford community will step forward and work together to arrange for New Year's Eve 2008."We want people take part in future events to celebrate their lovely little town, " she said.The meeting will include films of past New Year carnival parade.To offer support, telephone Sue Russell on 07870 935230