Wells Carnival set for record attendance

Wells Carnival is on course for the biggest attendance figures in its history, which goes back more than 100 years, according to organiser Patrick Weston.

Mr Weston, chairman of the Wells Carnival Committee, said: 'It's been an amazing start to the week.

'I've never seen so many people on the football field as there were on Sunday for the carnival fete day; I think there were more people there than on the beach.

'We usually get between 7,000 and 8,000 people out in Wells throughout carnival week and if the week finishes as well as it has started we should have well over that amount.'

He added: 'People have been coming here from all over the country and some people have been so impressed they have already booked up accommodation for next year's carnival.

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'There might be a few carnivals out there that are bigger than ours but for me, because of the amount of free activities and the amazing community spirit, this is the best carnival in Norfolk, if not England.'

Carnival week kicked off in earnest on Saturday with events including a craft fair, beer festival and wild west night.

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Hundreds of people gathered for a fun-filled fete at the football field in Beach Road on Sunday, and, on Monday, around 300 children and their families attend a ugly bugs party, where the youngsters dressed as their favourite creepy crawlies on The Buttlands.

Live music will come from tribute band Take That 2 on The Buttlands tonight at 8pm.

The carnival parade will set off from The Buttlands at 3pm tomorrow and Ray Lewis of The Drifters will be performing at the same venue at 8pm.

Sunday will see a raft race at Quayside at noon, classical music on The Buttlands at 2.30pm and an evening of country music in The Maltings at 7.30pm.

A full programme is available at www.wellscarnival.co.uk.

n Meanwhile, plans for the Fakenham Fair on August 27, which will feature the first carnival parade through the town for 20 years, are taking shape.

The procession through the town leaves Highfield Car Park at 1pm and on Millennium Park there will be fairground rides, charity stalls, classic cars, children's games, music, a football tournament and arena performances.

The week leading up to the fair will see Fakenham's first pub and club festival, called Plubfest, take place with beer and cider festivals, live music and various other events.

Mark Baldwin, acting chairman of Kick Start Fakenham, which is organising the fair, said: 'People are telling me every day how much they are looking forward to it and everything is coming together nicely.'

Plubfest will kick off on August 13 at 8.30pm with live 70s rock music from Mangolhead at The Press Club.

Entrance is �3 for non-members and �2 for members with proceeds to the Big C Centre, which supports people affected by cancer.

The concert will be in memory of Fakenham woman Susan Neal who died earlier this year.

For more details of Plubfest events, visit www.plubfest.co.uk


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