Get your glad rags on and join the party in Barnstaple tomorrow!
Barnstaple is being urged to get its glad rags on and enjoy what organisers say will be one of town’s the biggest ever carnivals tomorrow (Saturday).
The main procession starts at 6pm – but people are being urged to head to the Strand and get the party started long before then.
It will be packed with street food stalls from 10am on the day, as well as face painting and balloon modelling for the children.
A children’s carnival, led by John Fowler Holidays mascots Freddy Fox and Trixie Rabbit, will set off from the bottom of Cross Street at 3.30pm, following judging at 3pm.
Judging for the main procession takes place from 4.45pm and carnival queen Liberty Sheldon will be crowned at 5.30pm outside the heritage centre. Liberty will be attended by carnival princesses Skye Piper and Evie Rose-Wall.
The fireworks will be launched from the Anchorwood Bank site at 8pm and spectators are being encouraged to watch the display from the strand, civic centre car park bridge, or Taw Vale.
Road closures along the various carnival routes and Longbridge will be in place from 3-9pm. For the full route, click here.
Carnival committee chairman John White thanked TX Maxx, which has come on board as the carnival’s lead sponsor with a £2,500 towards the fireworks.
He said the fireworks would provide a fitting finale to what is shaping up to be one of the biggest carnivals in many years.
“We would like to thank this year’s lead sponsor TK Maxx Barnstaple and manager Ian Holloway for supporting us this year and for being behind the carnival committee in their efforts to make this year’s carnival better than ever before.
“We have more than 40 procession entries already registered and many more coming in every day.
“So get your glad rags on and come out into the town to celebrate and congratulate all of the entries for their hard work.
“And don’t forget to get your spare change at the ready to make your generous donations to the many local charities that the carnival supports.
“Whether you take part, spectate or donate – we don’t mind – as long as you make sure that you’re part of it,” added Mr White.
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