December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
It’s back – and according to organisers will be bigger and better than any in its 90-year history.
Watton Carnival, which first paraded in the town’s high street in 1924, is to return later this month after its original June date was cancelled.
There was uproar and disappointment in the area when committee members said they decided to cancel the annual spectacular, which attracts hundreds to the town, after another event with months of planning behind it had been organised in the town later in the same month.
Norfolk County Council said both events could not happen in the same month because of permits for high street closure and poor diversions.
But organisers managed to secure another permit for the road closure and will unveil their best carnival yet on September 29 – with a rock theme.
Live music by the ATC band, a procession, stalls run by local businesses and groups and rides for children will fill the high street from 11am.
A family worship event will also start at 11am at Watton church, 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.
Cheryl Clayton, one of the carnival organisers, said the interest in stalls this year had been at a record high and said the community was happy to have the carnival back.
“The carnival is so popular because it’s so traditional,” she said.
“There are fewer and fewer towns that have a carnival with their high streets closed, so we really can’t wait for this year’s.
“We are hoping it’s going to be better than any year before.”
Organisers contacted schools in the area for this year’s Carnival Princess who parades around the town and she will be unveiled on the day.
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.