One more turn for Barnstaple's traditional carnival?
BARNSTAPLE'S carnival celebrations look set to make at least one more circuit around the traditional town centre route this September. Organisers had been preparing to devise a new route for this year s parade after being advised that developments on Seve
BARNSTAPLE'S carnival celebrations look set to make at least one more circuit around the traditional town centre route this September.Organisers had been preparing to devise a new route for this year's parade after being advised that developments on Seven Brethren Bank were forcing the fun fair to relocate to the Civic Centre Car Park and the Strand.But a delay in the start of work on the new North Devon College means the fair is likely to stay put for another year.Carnival committee chairman Arthur Windsor told the Gazette that the delay on the new college was good news for the carnival. "This year as things stand at the moment, it looks as if that the carnival will start in the same place," he said."That is our understanding of the situation but we are still waiting for official confirmation from Devon County Council and North Devon Council."Mr Windsor said that the committee was still looking to the future and examining plans for an alternative route that avoided the Strand."It's still very early, but we have already spoken about the possibility of a number of different routes at our AGM in January," he said."One idea would be to use the Rock Park area and form up the procession along Taw Vale. The parade would keep fairly the same route, but would pass up Belle Meadow, out onto the Inner Relief Road, and back along Queen Street."The committee will meet again to discuss the plans for this year's event next Wednesday (February 18) at 7.30pm at the North Country Inn, Barnstaple."The committee has a mainstay of six volunteers but we are always looking for more help," added Mr Windsor. "If anyone would like to join the committee or help out by fulfilling any number of roles within the organisation, please come along and show your support."For more information, telephone (01271) 328272.