The Torchlight Team

In February 2013, the traditional Torchlight Committee was disbanded and replaced with the Torchlight Management Team. The main difference being that all Torchlight Team members have publicly committed to taking responsibility for one or more critical functions. We are currently looking for capable people to help in a number of roles including logistics, entrants management and general admin duties. Some skilled tasks are included so if you think you can help please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Torchlight 2017 Team

Craig Russell – Torchlight Director

Kendal Torchlight Carnival was in inspiration for me growing up in Kendal. All on one night in the streets of the grey old town, I saw the pride of the town’s workers, the wonder of its industry, the community spirit of its organisations, the creativity of its artists and makers. I have cherished those memories for a long time and want to enable the current and future generations of the town to be inspired to have fun and contribute to a celebration of what the town is about.

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Martin Kinley – Torchlight Director

Martin joined the Torchlight Team in spring 2016 as a new Director. He was born in Kendal and has lived here all his life.

He has seen a vast majority of the Torchlight processions and very much a big fan of keeping the tradition of an annual procession going in Kendal to promote Kendal and its surrounding districts for the benefit of local residents, tourists and businesses. Martin, along with 2 other Directors is responsible for the corporate and financial governance, monitoring and evaluating the Company’s activities and for creating and implementing the future strategic direction.

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Liz Nelson – Torchlight Entrants Coordinator (schools)

I’ve been delighted to be the Torchlight’s schools coordinator this year.

I enjoy my charity work and always like to keep busy. It’s been a great role and I cant wait to see what they have come up with! Enjoy the carnival.

Colin Benson – Torchlight Treasurer

This is my 2nd year on the Torchlight team. I am old enough to have watched the first one and attended some of the other events that were allied with it. It has been my privilege to have been a spectator on many occasions when not nursing sound systems and generators on the Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society’s floats. I have great memories of those times and know how much planning and teamwork goes into creating a single float. I have really enjoyed working on this side of the barriers.

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Craig Baldwin – Torchlight Volunteer Coordinator

Craig joined the Torchlight team as a volunteer marshal in 2013 when he saw a call for volunteers.

Since realising how much support the Torchlight Carnival needs he has continued to volunteer each year. With every year he has taken on more responsibility and as a key member of the committee he is now responsible for recruiting and briefing the volunteers.

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Jackie Holmes – Torchlight Logistics Coordinator

Growing up , living and working in Natland and Kendal I have watched and enjoyed the Torchlight from its beginnings as part of the Kendal Gathering and as I am always being told I am a good organizer having been involved with many events and organisations over the years – I am putting my organisational skills to the test this year taking on the role of Logistics Co-Ordinator for the Torchlight Carnival.

I hope you all enjoy the results of our hard work at this years Torchlight Carnival and street party and have a great evening!

Matt Ward – Torchlight Communication Logistics

This is my first year on the Torchlight committee. I’ve loved finding out more about how this event is put together throughout the year.I got involved with Torchlight so that I could gain some experience in organising a festival as this is something I would like to do myself in the future.

This year I am part of the organising team, and supplying equipment for the street party.

Noreen Taylor – Torchlight Entrants & Charities Coordinator

I’ve recently moved to Kendal after raising my children and have had a decades-long love of The Lake District. I am an accountant and went to University at the grand old-age of 44 to do an MBA at Liverpool University. I look to use my skills in a meaningful way and have found the Kendal Torchlight Carnival a perfect place this year to make a difference; I love Kendal and its Community and am so impressed at how “Torchlight” means so much…it certainly means a lot to me.

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George Cotter – Torchlight Social Media Coordinator

Having grown up in Kendal, I moved to Leeds nearly 10 years ago to further my education and lived and worked there until mid-way through 2014. After enjoying Torchlight every year growing up I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the organising team.

I’ve worked in digital marketing for 8 years, working across all mediums including SEO, social media, email and affiliate marketing. My previous experience has involved working in various sectors from online bingo to telecoms.

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Annette Ritson – Website and Publications

I have great childhood memories of watching the torchlight over many years. I became involved in a supporting role a couple of years ago. This year I joined the committee to help with this years carnival designs and website. It is great to be involved with such an energetic and enthusiastic group of people who work so hard throughout the year to make torchlight happen.

I hope this year the weather is kind and everyone involved has a great time!

Torchlight Management Team

The Torchlight Management Team are the unpaid volunteers who work throughout the year to promote Kendal and to make Kendal Torchlight Carnival happen. We're always seeking capable and committed people to join our Team. Contact Craig Russell if you want to develop your skills and talents, be able to say that you promote Kendal and take a pride in knowing that our Torchlight Carnival happens because you make it happen.