FEAR for the future of Combe Martin Carnival has been abated after a new committee volunteered to take over when previous organisers stood down. At a well-attended public meeting, villagers were asked to carry on the flame if they wished to see the most p

FEAR for the future of Combe Martin Carnival has been abated after a new committee volunteered to take over when previous organisers stood down.At a well-attended public meeting, villagers were asked to carry on the flame if they wished to see the most popular event on the calendar return in 2009.Many holidaymakers flock to Combe Martin for Carnival Week and it was felt a new committee had to be formed to continue the tradition.The former committee had run the carnival since 2002, but announced the meeting in the village Shammickite newsletter and said it no longer had any members left. "There was trouble at last year's carnival and there are still problems to sort out from a previous carnival. The committee felt their task had become too burdensome for them to carry on," it said.A new committee was chosen at the meeting and a fund has been handed over by the previous committee, as well as the offer of any information they might need.Villagers thanked ex-committee members for all their hard work in the past, especially the most recent carnival, which was hit by heavy rain.