Pirates set sail for Wymondham’s carnival

Ready for the Wymondham Carnival. From left, Tony Holden, Kevin Smith, Emily Davison-Cripps and Elea

Ready for the Wymondham Carnival. From left, Tony Holden, Kevin Smith, Emily Davison-Cripps and Eleanor Smith - Credit: Archant

Visitors to Wymondham on Saturday can expect to see plenty of eye patches, Jolly Rogers and 'Ahoy, me hearties'.

The town is getting ready to host its annual carnival and this year's theme is: pirates.

The carnival will see the town filled with stalls, rides, games and activities, and there will be a parade winding its way through the streets before arriving at the Market Place at 3.30pm.

Carnival committee chairman Tony Holden said he was looking forward to the event. He said: 'It's been a crazy 12 months since our last carnival and this year I am pleased to welcome some enthusiastic new members to our organising committee.

'With their help we have put together a fantastic line up including the Norwich Samba Band and over 50 stalls, games and attractions.


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'This year promises to be our best carnival yet – a great free day out for all of the family.'

Wymondham's Got Talent organiser Mark Cole said there would be a lot to enjoy at the festival's main stage.

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He said: 'The Market Cross stage has a full programme of entertainment from 3pm, including last year's Wymondham's Got Talent winner Martha Dack, zumba, Wymondham Rock Choir, a fantastic singer-guitarist Emma Fleming who is also playing the Sundown Festival this year, Norfolk Popercise Crew, Norwich Samba Band and our headline act SKA'd 4 Life, a ska band guaranteed to have the Market Place dancing.'

Assistant chairman Wednesday Batchelor said: 'The carnival is always an exciting and fun-filled day, and this year is set to be bigger and better, with a huge range of stalls, catering, rides and attractions, it's sure to be a day not to be missed.' Stage performances are due to finish at 8.15pm.

South Norfolk Councillor Clayton Hudson said: 'As part of our market towns initiative this year we have given each of our market towns £20,000 to put towards special events like Wymondham Carnival that will attract thousands of visitors and help boost the local economy.'

Last year's carnival, which had a rural theme, drew thousands of visitors to the town.

Do you have a Wymondham story? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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