Carnival through the ages comes to Diss

Residents dance at last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Tow

Residents dance at last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

Vikings to vintage vehicles and everything inbetween will be on show at Diss Carnival this year as residents look forward to the summer event.

Residents enjoy last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Town Co

Residents enjoy last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

The procession will start at Diss High School at 12.45pm on Sunday, June 11 and travel through the town, ending up at Diss Park and Mere - where the fun day will open at 1.30pm.

Diss Town Carnival. Photo: Diss Town Council

Diss Town Carnival. Photo: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

There will be more than 50 stalls, arena shows and taster sessions in the multi-use games area. The park will be divided into zones such as health and wellbeing and country and craft. There will also be a kid's zone with donkey rides, face-painting, lightsaber sessions and more.

Residents enjoy last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Town C

Residents enjoy last year's Diss Carnival - just a tiny taster of Carnival 2017. Photo: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

There will also be a full schedule of arena entertainment including a falcon display from Fen's Falcons, Bollywood Sparkle, Sunny Steel Band and Ordgar Viking re-enactors. Local businesses will be competing in a It's a Knockout.

Diss Town Carnival logo. Photo: Diss Town Council

Diss Town Carnival logo. Photo: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

Rosie Hall who is on the Carnival Committee said: 'It's a little bit country fair, it's a little bit festival – and it's definitely going to be 100pc fun.


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'We're keeping the original elements of carnival – like the parade and the fun day, but we're also bringing back some classic activities and events that people said they missed from carnival's past.'

This year the event is free. Programmes cost £1 and count as an entry into the grand draw, with prizes including vouchers,l uxury gift hampers and tickets to see Take That.

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One of the Carnival Crew, Natalie Thornton-Jones, said: 'I remember the carnival when I was a kid - I'd look forward to it every year.

'I wanted to be part of making that happen again. I know my son will love the falconry display and vikings.

'Find out more about Carnival and grab your brochure - we're also expecting a visit from Dinsdale and a special surprise from one of our entertainment groups.'

Keep up to date with the latest Carnival news, giveaways and share your memories on Facebook @DissCarnival and at www.diss-carnival.co.uk

Are you going to the Diss Carnival? Send your photos of the event to andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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