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Town buzzing in carnival build-up

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

AIMING for the best carnival yet…that is the goal for organisers of a special 40th anniversary parade that is set to hit Lowestoft next week.

The Lowestoft Carnival spectacular is just a week away, but the entertainment will continue with a series of events in the lead up to next Sunday's grand parade.

AIMING for the best carnival yet…that is the goal for organisers of a special 40th anniversary parade that is set to hit Lowestoft next week.

The Lowestoft Carnival spectacular is just a week away, but the entertainment will continue with a series of events in the lead up to next Sunday's grand parade.

The grand parade, which is the climax to the carnival festivities, will have as its optional theme the “past 40 years.”

But before then, the Lowestoft Model Boat Regatta will take place at Kensington Gardens on Kirkley Cliff from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, the annual carnival fishing match takes place on the South Pier from 6.30pm to 9.30pm next Friday and the traditional carnival fete and fun day will be held at Oulton Community Centre from 10am to 4pm next Saturday. Here there will be a car boot sale, craft fair, balloon modelling, children's sports and much more, with free admission to the special event.

With the sounds of marching bands returning to the main parade next Sunday, the procession will wind its way from Kirkley Park Road through the town to Katwijk Way once more.

And at this year's parade, two new categories of entries are being welcomed as organisers hope to see plenty of decorated wheelchairs and electric buggies as well as decorated bicycles.

Carnival committee chairman Pat Rayner said: “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.”

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


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