It’s carnival time!
PUBLISHED: 16:54 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:54 26 September 2013
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Roll up, roll up – it’s carnival time!
The annual spectacle which has been parading through the centre of Watton for 90 years is set to return this Sunday.
And after uncertainty in recent months over whether this year’s event could go ahead, organisers have today issued a call for townspeople to take to the streets and support their carnival.
Traditionally the event has brought colour and vibrancy to the town centre, with thousands flooding the High Street for live music, a procession, entertainment and old-fashioned community spirit.
But organisers this year were unsure if the tradition could continue and were forced to move the carnival’s usual June date after it clashed with another event planned in the same month.
With this weekend’s date finally confirmed just weeks ago, local organisations, charities and schools are poised to raise cash for their cause and need plenty of visitors to the High Street to help them.
Richard Crabtree, who is on the Watton Carnival committee, said he hoped the town would be full for the family day out. “We really want people to come into the town,” he said.
“This year people have been so happy that the carnival is back on.
“So many people have been involved in the carnival since they were children and that’s what it’s all about.
“It’s a relaxing day where the whole high street is closed and families can really enjoy themselves.”
Themed around rock and roll, this year’s event features live music by the ATC band, a procession, stalls run by local businesses and groups and rides for children, which will fill the High Street from 11am.
A family worship event will also start at 11am in the town before the mayor of the town, Lorraine McCarthy, officially opens the day.
The parade will then begin at 1pm, led by the ATC band, with music throughout the afternoon on stage in Chaston Place.
This year’s Carnival Princess will be 12-year-old Jade Agent. The Wayland Academy student was chosen over the other candidates based on her confidence.
Kevin Chilvers, a local singer and songwriter, Eagle and Waltzz and Dale Bullimore will all perform and food and drink will be available throughout the day.