Halesworth Carnival procession given go ahead

Halesworth's carnival procession will roll through the town's streets again this year, organisers have announced.

A number of public events have been put under threat because of the new way they have to be patrolled, but the Halesworth Lions have confirmed that their procession will go ahead as normal.

Many event organisers have struggled since police forces announced that they would no longer be able to offer their services.

Instead, they have had to turn to road traffic management companies for help – and for some the expense has proved too much.

In Lowestoft the carnival committee had to cancel their 50th parade this summer, although a fete will still be taking place, while the Beccles route has been made shorter.

However, the Halesworth Lions carnival committee was delighted to announce that their event will go ahead at noon on Sunday, June 12.

Carnival committee chairman John Keeble said: 'This event has always been the Lions' way of saying thank you to the town for their support.

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'It's held in the park so everybody can enjoy the day, and without the procession a lot of the atmosphere would be lost.'

Mr Keeble, who has been organising the event for more than 10 years, confirmed that the carnival procession would take its usual route from the industrial estate off Blyth Road, along Bramfield Road, London Road, the Thoroughfare, Norwich Road and to the park.

There will also be a range of entertainment at the park, with samba, gymnastics and an animal show, as well as a number of stalls.

All of the money raised from the event is given to local charities.

To enter the procession contact Mr Keeble on 01986 872994 or to request a stall contact Mandy Hawksley on 01986 872710.

richard.wood@archant.co.uk