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Carnival is just a month away

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:52 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Carnival weekend is just a month away and organisers are putting the finishing touches to preparations for what they hope will be a really special two days.

LOWESTOFT Carnival weekend is just a month away and organisers are putting the finishing touches to preparations for what they hope will be a really special two days.

The Friends of Lowestoft Hospital have good cause to celebrate as it will be their 40th anniversary of organising the carnival parade and they want this year to be one of the best - so are hoping for a few more procession entries.

The grand parade, which is the climax to the carnival festivities, will take place on Sunday, August 10, and will have as its optional theme “the past 40 years”.

Entrants are urged to return their entry forms as soon as possible.

The sounds of marching bands, including the Wellingborough Redwell Carnival Band, Southwold Corps of Pipes and Drums, the Endeavour Rangers, the Glen Moriston Pipes and Drums and the Polesworth Pioneers, will help put the parade in party mood as it wends its way from Kirkley Park Road through the town to Katwijk Way.

This year, two new categories of entries are being welcomed. Organisers hope to see plenty of decorated wheelchairs and electric buggies as well as decorated bicycles in the parade.

Carnival committee chairman Pat Rayner said: “We have decided not to judge individual adult and children's fancy dress this year as almost the entire parade is in some form of fancy dress. Instead we thought that bringing back decorated bicycles would be a gesture to re-establishing an old carnival tradition. The procession line-up is looking good, with decorated floats and majorette groups mingling with vintage vehicles and dancing troupes to form a lively and vibrant parade.”

As part of the build-up to the big parade, a children's fun day is being held on Saturday, August 9, at Oulton Community Centre. With dog displays, donkey rides, a fancy dress competition and children's sports as well as car boot sale, and charity and craft stalls.

Offers of help with carnival events would be welcome. To find out more, call 01502 563847.

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