PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands line the streets for Diss Carnival

Crowds lined the sun-kissed streets of Diss to celebrate its annual carnival on Sunday.

The colourful procession had an international feel as community groups embraced the countries of the world theme.

Around 30 floats took part in the parade representing England, Ireland, China, Canada and America led by the Glenmoriston Pipe Band from Bury St Edmunds and Diss Carnival King and Queen Oliver Pilsbury-Gaunt and Lucy Davies. Walking groups and a host of different vehicles made up the procession, including a steam passenger bus, mobility scooters, a segway, vintage tractors, and motorbikes and mopeds.

The carnival was followed by a fun day at Diss Town Football Club where an estimated 4,000 passed through the gate to enjoy a host of traditional fete games, circus skills, rock climbing, children's entertainment and live music.

Carnival coordinator Doreen Collins said she was 'very pleased' with the turnout for the event.


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The winner of the best walking group was the Red Hat Society and the runner-up was Diss Museum.

The best business float was judged to be Merryfields Playgroup and the runner-up was Morrisons supermarket.

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The winner of the best community group was the Diss Salvation Army and runner-up was the Old Ram Tractor Club.

The Diss Carnival celebrations kicked off in style on Saturday night with a rousing Proms in the Park event.

Music was provided by the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Youth Band and singing from local group Discord, who were joined by members of the Wattisham Military Wives Choir for a performance of the number one hit Sing, written by Take That star Gary Barlow and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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