Youngsters invited to join Freddy and Trixie in special parade before the main event

Children are being invited to enjoy the carnival fun in Barnstaple next week - by joining a special parade taking place before the main event.

A children's carnival will set off from the heritage centre at 3.30pm on Saturday, September 17 following judging at 3pm.

The route will take the procession along the Strand, up Lower Boutport Street and the High Street, before returning to the heritage centre via Cross Street.

It will be led by John Fowler Holidays mascots Freddy Fox and Trixie the Rabbit.

Carnival committee member Claire Soffe said: "We are delighted that our good friends Freddy and Trixie, the brilliant John Fowler Holidays entertainment duo, will be leading our children's procession at this year's carnival.

"Our thanks to Paul Miller, entertainments manger, for giving them the afternoon off to come and join in the fun.

"We hope Freddy Fox and Trixie will encourage young entries to join in the children's procession.

"Come along and show off your favourite fancy dress costumes and meet Freddy and Trixie."