Going Back to the Future for Downham Market Carnival

Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134534009

Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134534009

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A fantastic week is in store for people in Downham and the surrounding area when the popular festival kicks off.

The people behind Downham Festival are hoping it is going to be one of the best yet when the fun starts on Sunday, May 24.

A highlight of the week is the town’s carnival which will be held on Monday, May 25.

More than 14 floats along with bands and walking groups will be parading from Heygate to the Howdale Field at 12.15pm. The theme is Going Back to the future.

The main arena at the Howdale will include a host of displays by the Guides, Downham Baton Twirlers and the town’s amateur dramatics group.

Bands Gifford and the Buccaneers will be performing in an open air concert along with Elsie Keeling, Chloe Philipott and Megan Rayner, Alexandra Petriv-Shaw and Daisy Buchan.

The carnival day will also include a fun fair, inflatables, hog roast and beer tent.

Chairman Jim Cornish is encouraging people to go along.

He said: “We have 14 guaranteed floats but there may be more. This is going to be one of the biggest parades for 10 years.

“Downham Academy will also be having a float.”

Downham Market and District Heritage Society will be joining in the fun by offering a sneak preview around the Old Fire Station on Sunday, May 24.

Builder, Steven Seals, is currently transforming the site into a heritage and learning centre.

Plans will be on display at the event, which runs from 10am to 1pm.