Football flavour to Swaffham’s Carnival

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A taste of Brazil will be brought to Swaffham on Sunday as the town’s annual carnival will have a football theme.

The event, which falls on the same day as the World Cup final in Rio, will start with the traditional parade from the town’s Infant School, in Whitsands Road, at 1pm.

Around a dozen community groups, including the Lions and the Rotary Club, are expected take part in the procession, which will go past the community centre and the library on its way to the carnival site on the Campingland.

Once there, the festivities are then scheduled to continue until around 5pm.

Jonathan Reed, from the Iceni Partnership, which has organised the event, said all the groups taking part in the parade had been given a flag of one of the 32 nations that competed in the World Cup to display.

And many of the stalls and games on offer will have a football theme, including football-based races and even Space Hopper dribbling.

But Mr Reed said that, despite the theme, there would still be plenty to keep any non-football fans occupied throughout the day.

Attractions will include archery taster sessions, circus skills demonstrations, a visit from some husky dogs, a petting zoo and a dog-free area designed for parents to walk with young children. There will also be a marquee to keep the sun, or rain, off.

Mr Reed said the Campingland was an ideal site for the carnival, which the partnership has organised for several years, because its largely enclosed nature makes it safer for children to move around.

And among the facilities to entertain the youngsters will be three bouncy castles, each designed to cater for different age groups.

He added: “It’s great for the kids to come along with their grandparents.”