A BID to resurrect Nantwich Carnival looks doomed to fail through public apathy.
The town council made an appeal to the members of the public to volunteer to bring the carnival back to life. But so far only three people have shown any interest.
Now a 'last chance' meeting has been set up for Monday, at Brookfield Hall, starting at 7pm.
Cllr Joyce Stockton said: 'In the 1960s and 70s Nantwich Carnival was a huge success with mile-long processions, scores of dancing troupes and floats and guest personalities, including Rosemary Franklin who was Miss World, and all the leading pop groups of the day.
'It was the best carnival for miles around, and I would love to see it come back. But I have got to say I am disappointed with the response.
'I congratulate the three people who have volunteered to help, but we need 18 or 20 willing people to make it a success. Unless more people show an interest and attend what could be a last-chance meeting on Monday, it looks as if it is going to be a nonstarter.
Cllr Stockton said interest in the carnival waned as the once flourishing clothing industry in the town began to falter.
She added: 'Older residents in Nantwich will know that we used to have hundreds of people working in the clothing factories.
'Everyone knew everyone and the community spirit was fantastic.
'But, of course, the factories have all gone so that spirit has been lost.
'But if we got a good group of volunteers together I am sure we could make a real effort to get the carnival going again.'
Council clerk Keith Hodges said: 'I know several of the councillors are very keen to see a return of the carnival, but they feel they cannot do it without public involvement.
'Years ago my own home town of Buckley in North Wales had a very successful carnival, and I would be keen for something like that to happen in Nantwich.'