Diss Carnival this Sunday

Celia WiggCarnival organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout when Diss holds its summer extravaganza on Sunday.Celia Wigg

Carnival organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout when Diss holds its summer extravaganza on Sunday.

Last year's relaunched event saw about 5,000 people crowd the streets to see the colourful parade of floats, and then pack out the football ground for an afternoon of merriment.

This time, more attractions are planned as the carnival committee looks to build on the success of 2008. And initial fears that roadworks at Market Hill could disrupt the procession look to have been allayed.

County council spokesman John Birchall said: "We knew the carnival would be taking place during this work, so have been planning to make sure the street is as clear as possible for the event.

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"Fortunately, we are well ahead of schedule and one side is already complete and open. The other side won't be finished before the carnival, and the pavements will be somewhat restricted. But we will make sure that everything is tidied up and as clear as possible for the big day."

Carnival co-ordinator Doreen Collins said: "I think it really is going to be a good event. We have got many more food outlets and children's entertainment, which we didn't have last year, so we are building on the success of 2008.

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"We have got line dancing at the Mere's Mouth and the Hoxon 100 Morris dancers in the Market Place an hour before the procession, which goes through at 1pm. And several of the caf�s will be open in the town, and some of the shops."

The family fun day will again take place at the football ground at Brewers Green Lane, with live music, vintage cars, hotrods, dray and shire horses, bouncy castle, magic show and martial arts.

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