FINISHING touches are in hand to ensure success at Saturday’s Kidderminster Carnival.
There have been final dress fittings for queen Jessica Campbell and her court at The Wedding Rooms, Bewdley Road, and SJ Rayner (Cars), of Summerfield, is polishing the open-topped luxury vehicle in which they will travel.
Jessica, along with princess Paige Rundle and rosebuds Millie Hodgkins and Alice Hickey, will lead the revived street parade, along with the 1st Kidderminster Boys’ Brigade.
Organisers are hoping the new event will be a big hit, with walkers and floats of up to seven-tonne flatbeds invited to take part.
Some organisations, including groups of Rainbows and the Railway Children’ Childcare Centre have already booked in but people can register on the day at Lister Road at noon.
The mayoral party will award £100 for the best float - thanks to sponsorship from fairground boss Neale Jennings - and prizes of £25 for best group and best individual.
The parade will set off at 12.30pm, travelling to Brinton Park via Poplar Road, Stretton Road, Greatfield Road and Sutton Road.
Entertainment in the park will kick off at 1.30pm in two arenas, along with the Kidderminster’s Got Talent showcase on the bandstand.
Main arena events include displays of martial arts, dog training obedience, Irish dancing and zumba, while Steve Harley, Ronnie Crackets and Punch and Judy will be providing the laughs in the children’s corner.
Other attractions include the Jennings Brothers funfair, quad bikes, mini Land Rovers, Harriers penalty shoot-out, bouncy castle, falconry display, stalls and sideshows.
Carnival chairman Colin Hill said: “There will be lots going on - our big hope this year is that people come out and support the new street parade and that the sun shines.”
He added his thanks to this year’s sponsors, including the Sher-E-Punjab Restaurant, George Street, which has paid for new tabards for the carnival committee.