Darth Vader, talented dogs and marching militas all set for Hellesdon Carnival

Clash light sabres with Darth Vader, pit your pooch against the best or simply tuck into some candyfloss- it will all be going on at the Hellesdon carnival.

Taking place tomorrow, the free carnival is still going strong after 16 years, with hopes it will draw bigger crowds than ever, come rain or shine. With two arenas, a range of marquees, 60 stalls and a fairground, the recreation ground on Middletons Lane will play host to everything from dance displays to go-karts. But according to an organiser it's the laid-back feel of the day that helps draw anything up to 8000 visitors.

Parish councillor Des Jones-Blackett said: 'It's a good community event with a nice relaxed atmosphere, and the people aren't being pushed along; they can just stroll around at their own pace.'

Things kick off with the carnival procession, which includes fancy dress and begins at midday by Heather Avenue School.

Once there, the Norwich and District Star Wars Collectors Club will be on hand to provide intergalactic fun, while there will also be Punch and Judy, the East Norfolk Milita and prizes worth more than �1000.

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Also performing will be the United School of Dance, and the Newfoundland Dog display team will show off their tricks while spectators can get their own hounds involved at the Companion Dog Show.

'There's certainly plenty of things to do for both adults and children,' Mr Jones Blackett added.

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The carnival runs from noon to 5.30pm at the recreation ground.

Don't miss our coverage of the event online this weekend and in a picture special in Monday's Evening News.

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