Carnival to fly high as entertainment lined up for thousands of visitors

April 28 2017
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THE team behind Thornbury’s annual carnival said planning was in full swing for the summer event, which is now just two months away.

THE team behind Thornbury’s annual carnival said planning was in full swing for the summer event, which is now just two months away.

Some 10,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the day, which starts with a parade of marching bands, classic cars, military vehicles and an open-top bus with its own jazz band on board.

Local groups have been encouraged to join the procession through the town on foot or on floats, while stilt walkers will entertain those lining the streets and later mingle with the crowds on the Mundy Playing Fields show site.

Carnival organiser David Goldring said this year’s theme for the event was “things that fly” and could lead to appearances by insects, birds, aeroplanes or kites.

He said: “We are hoping it will be taken up by the many children’s groups which take part in the parade each year. The challenge is to be imaginative and resourceful.”

The carnival takes place on Saturday, July 1, with the parade setting off at 10.30am from the Castle School and making its way along Castle Street and High Street to the playing fields.

A programme of entertainment will then run through from noon to 7.30pm, ranging from a funfair, birds of prey and electric karts to face painting and live music.

Mr Goldring said old favourites such as the Gugge 2000 Band from Bournemouth and The Femmes from London had been booked to perform, along with Thornbury Town Band, Street Envy, Irish dancers and Thornbury Musical Theatre Group.

Carnival newcomers include gipsy violin duo Peroucki from Bristol, while rock fusion band Rock Pipes will lead into the finale by Queen tribute band The Bohemians.

Meanwhile, the carnival committee is looking for volunteers to help out on the day, in roles such as street marshals and stewarding for stallholders. Anyone interested should email organiser@thornburycarnival.co.uk for details.

Tickets for the event are already on sale and are available in the town hall, Surroundings and Maison Interiors. 

Those attending will be supporting the carnival’s chosen charity, Jigsaw, the town-based group formed by parents to help families with children and young people with additional needs.