Yesterday's Gosport Carnival procession had to be cancelled at the last minute after the police decided trainees from HMS Collingwood and 'pensioners' were incapable of acting as stewards. There are other examples of cancelled events in this article in yesterday's Pompey News. It looks like the good old days of village fetes, fairs, carnivals, galas and street parades are numbered owing to the huge increase in bureaucracy and costs required to provide adequate insurance cover and stewarding. The Horndean fete, held in a local farmer's field, ceased several years ago because of the exorbitant cost of public liability insurance demanded. Will people ever be made responsible for their own safety at public events again? In this age of litigation, we really seem to be breeding a generation of namby-pambies wrapped in cotton wool. Is it any wonder that youngsters perform acts like tombstoning (jumping off piers and cliffs into shallow water) and participate in gang-fights to find some adventure in life?