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It’s carnival time in Stourport
THOUSANDS of people are expected to line the streets of Stourport for the town’s 88th carnival.
The annual event will be kicking off with a land parade on Saturday, September 7 when floats will set off from Areley Kings Village Hall at 12.30pm.
Walkers will be joining the parade at Walshes Meadow and the procession will make its way through the town to the riverside carnival field.
The parade will be led by the Stourport Scout and Guide band, Severn Valley Samba Band, Scanlon School of Dance, TJ’s Zumba, Zennors Dance and Musical Theatre, Wyre Forest Navy Training Corps, Kidderminster Boys’ Brigade junior band and the West Midlands Fire Service pipe and drum band.
The crowning of the carnival queen, princess and rosebud takes place at the bandstand at 3pm. There will be entertainment, refreshments, rides and bouncy castles available throughout the day at the carnival field.
Dancers and singers have given up their time free of charge to perform at the event including folk band Dryftwood, belly dancers Bellysimmo, singer Sharon Toy, guitar player Rob Bayliss, Stourport singer Matt Roberts, mandolin player Kevin Hastie, and the Wilden Church choir. Also on stage will be rock band Unknown First, Katie Collins Irish dancers, Rambling Jacks and headliners Lady and the Sax and singer David Lawrence.
There will be two opportunities for carnival-goers to enjoy the river parade, the first at 4pm and then an illuminated version at 9pm.
A spectacular fireworks display will take place from 9.30pm but organisers stress all times are approximate.
Carnival committee chairman Pete Roberts said: “Everybody is looking forward to it, everybody has worked hard all year.
“We are a very small committee with only eight to 10 people and we’ve been working on it since last September. Hopefully we’ll have a wonderful day.
“We’re already planning for next year and have started saving for our 100th-year anniversary.”
Some trade stalls places are still available. For more information, visit Pete’s Prints, in Bridge Street.
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