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Downham Market carnival appeal for walking groups to add to party

Downham Market Carnival Parade 2013 - The Parade heads through town to The Howdale. ENGANL00120130527151432

Downham Market Carnival Parade 2013 - The Parade heads through town to The Howdale. ENGANL00120130527151432

A carnival will be bringing the streets of Downham alive next month but organisers are appealing for more walking groups to step up and add to the party atmosphere.

The carnival parade is the centrepiece for the week-long Downham Festival, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Organisers have numerous treats in store and say the procession on Monday, May 26, is shaping up well with 11 floats entered.

But so far only Downham’s Marquette’s Baton Twirlers and Cheerleaders are walking in the procession, which is following a theme of “carnival”.

Festival vice-chairman and parade co-ordinator Jim Cornish is hoping to attract more walking groups.

He said: “This year’s parade is going to be spectacular.

“But we would like more walking groups to add to the party atmosphere.

“Anyone can take part from youngsters on bikes.”

The procession will start from the Haygate Mill between 10.15 and 10.30am and will wind it’s way to the Howdale field, where a host of entertainment, including a fun fair, will be on offer.

Bearts of Stowbridge will once again be providing the floats by offering its lorries and drivers.

Floats will be taken on by the Downham Guides and Brownies, British Heritage, a rock choir, Tesco, a rock group called Gifford and St Edmund’s Knitting Circle.

If you would like to enter a walking group for free contact Mr Cornish on 01366 377009 or 07833 636165.

 

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