THE ever-popular Bewdley Carnival will be held later this month with a fireworks display returning to kickstart the festivities.

The event will feature a parade, a range of stalls, a host of live music acts across Load Street and Sabrina Drive, and more, on Saturday, June 29.

The carnival committee has said they were asked by visitors to bring back the fireworks display, which previously featured every year.

After running a poll on their Facebook page, the results showed that the majority of followers wanted to see the attraction return.

They then set up a fundraiser and asked people to make a small donation to help fund this year’s fireworks display. A total of £2,825 was raised by supporters.

The display will be held on Friday, June 28 at 10pm. The fireworks will be set off from Bewdley Rowing Club, so people will be able to view them from the riverside and town centre.

Carnival committee chairman Martin Fisher said: "The Friday night before we've got a fireworks display in Bewdley.

"Traditionally it used to happen every year. Due to lack of funds in the past they had to stop the fireworks because it cost a lot of money.

"We have got extra entertainment this year. We've not only got one stage - we've got two".

The future of the carnival was previously in doubt after the past carnival committee announced that they would be retiring after many long years of service.

Last year, the event returned for the first time in four years following Covid restrictions.

A campaign led by children at Bewdley Primary School started to find local people who would be able to volunteer and help to organise the 2023 and as a result, a brand-new committee was formed.

Mr Fisher added: "You need people to really care about it to keep it going. We always ask for local groups to get involved. It's a real community event".

This year’s carnival parade will consist of floats, emergency service vehicles, local groups, such as Bewdley Community Marching Band, and individuals from local organisations.

The parade will start at 12pm and will travel from Bewdley Pines Golf Club, down Habberley Road, along Kidderminster Road and across Bewdley Bridge.

It will finally arrive in Bewdley Town Centre by 1pm.