Watton set for carnival fever

Traditions, live music and even daleks will be coming to Watton for the popular annual carnival this weekend.

The historic event, which started in 1924, takes place on Sunday between 11am and 4pm on the High Street.

New deputy mayor Lorraine McCarthy will open the free carnival, which includes a parade led by the chosen prince and princess.

The pair will be in a horse and cart and the princess will wear a white dress - a tradition which has been upheld for 23 years.

They were chosen after each primary school in the Wayland area put forward one pupil.

Youngsters who did not become the princess will also wear white dresses with different coloured sashes in the procession and 100 children from Watton Westfield Infant and Nursey School will also be involved.

Cheryl Clayton, secretary of the Watton Carnival Committee, said: 'It is a family tradition that we keep alive. It is nice to keep traditions going for the younger people because if you don't put the effort in you lose them. It brings the community together. You get a whole mix who enjoy themselves, from toddlers to 90 year olds.'

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Live music will be provided by the Watton Air Cadet band and other local mucisians and visitors will be able to enjoy the fairground rides and many stalls.

Co-operative Funeralcare will also be selling balloons for �1, which will be let off at the end of the carnival in memory of people who have died in road accidents.

The event, which attracted 5,000 people last year, has been sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare, Wayland Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeons and Watton Town Council.

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