Carnival time approaches as Thornbury gets ready to welcome the crowds

FINAL preparations are being made for Thornbury’s annual carnival, as the town gets ready to entertain thousands of visitors at the event.

The carnival takes place on Saturday, July 1, with a parade launching a full day of activities.

The procession of classic cars, marching bands, military vehicles and an open-top bus with a jazz band on board will leave the Castle School in Park Street at 10.30am.

It will wind its way along Castle Street and High Street to the Mundy Playing Fields show site, with local groups encouraged to join the procession on foot or floats.

A programme for the rest of the day will run from noon to 7.30pm, with a funfair, electric karts, live music and birds of prey among the attractions.

The music is set to appeal to all tastes - from gipsy violin duo Peroucki and rock fusion band Rock Pipes to the Gugge 200 Band from Bournemouth and The Femmes from London.

Thornbury Town Band, Irish dancers and Thornbury Musical Theatre Group will also be involved, with the event’s finale provided by Queen tribute band The Bohemians.