Beccles Carnival organisers appeal for more floats to make parade bigger and better than ever

Last year's Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: Archant.

Last year's Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

There is still time to enter a float in this year's Beccles Carnival parade.

Last year's Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: Archant.

Last year's Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

The carnival weekend will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, with a variety of entertainment for the whole family.

The procession, on August 20, will see floats weaving through the town centre and down to the quay, with a crowd of spectators lining the route.

The carnival parade will leave Roy's car park at 1pm, and it is a great way to advertise for your club, business, society, school or organisation.

Parade organiser Denise Feek said: 'Let's make this year's carnival parade bigger and better than last year. You don't need to come from Beccles to enter a float, it is open to everyone.'


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The organisers are able to offer lorries to anyone who needs help sourcing a vehicle, and prizes are awarded each year for the best floats by a team of judges.

The new royal representatives for this year's carnival were chosen in May, with former carnival princess Samantha Chapman taking over as the new Miss Beccles.

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She will be joined by Esme Jermany and Lily Gordon as carnival princesses, with Josh Brabben returning as prince.

Their first official duty was at the Beccles Hospital Fete last month when they promoted the carnival and sold programmes.

The queen and princess roles have been part of Beccles Carnival for more than 50 years, with the carnival dating back to the pre 1900s. The only time it was not held was during the war years.

The aim of the carnival is to bring the community together, attract visitors to the town and offer an affordable family event.

As well as the parade there will be stalls and entertainment at Beccles Quay after the procession. Entry to the quayside events will be £1 per adult with accompanied children free.

Anyone who would like to enter the parade can download an application form at www.becclescarnival.co.uk

The organisers are also requesting that the winners of last year's parade return their trophies to JJ Personal Touch in Beccles by tomorrow.

Anyone who would like help sourcing a lorry can email becclescarnival@outlook.com

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