September 29th, 2016

Countdown to carnival is almost over

Updated: 12:21 pm, May 27, 2016

 

THOUSANDS of people are expected to pack into Pershore this Bank Holiday for the town’s iconic carnival.

And ahead of the popular event on Bank Holiday Monday (May 30), the winners of the shop window competition have been revealed by carnival organisers.

The competition was judged last Friday (May 20) by new Pershore Mayor Coun Bob Gilmour, Wychavon District Council chairman Coun Frances Smith and district councillor Val Wood.

Creative minds at the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop on the High Street were rewarded for their inspiring circus-themed design and named winners of the popular competition.

Staff at the Uppercrust bakery cooked up a storm to finish second while this year’s creation from TC Fireplaces came in third.

Committee chairman Colin Shepherd said: “We had some fantastic entries including The Salon which featured a live clown in the window!

“The decorated shops have certainly brightened up the High Street and if this is a glimpse of things to come, I think Pershore is in for a very colourful treat on Monday,” he added.

Members of the committee thanked Paul Carrick of Carrick Travel for his generosity in purcashing a cup to be presented to the winning entry.

Residents from across the Vale are being invited to get involved in the annual event which will offer for fun for all the family.

Entertainment and attractions will be held throughout the day from 10.30am including the Blue Cross Dog Show, funfair, a host of stalls and markets and entertainment in the arena.

The undoubted highlight will be the procession which begins at 12.30pm from Pershore Town Football Club on King George’s Way.

The procession will make its way to Abbey Park and capture this year’s carnival theme of Circus of the World and raise money for the two chosen charities; South Worcestershire Lifesaving and Lifeguard Club and the Hopscotch Pre-School

And once the daytime activities come to a conclusion, an evening of music will take place thanks to the support of local businesses.

A lack of funding had initially meant there was no evening entertainment planned to bring the curtain down on this year’s event

But thanks to the efforts of committee chairman Colin Shepherd and the kind-hearted support of local busineses, an evening concert is now planned for between 6pm and 10pm.

Purple Shades, Sandra Mason, Gordon Dean Griff, Emily Phillips and the Pershore Brass will all be taking to stage for the event.

Anyone who wishes to enter the procession can download the form from www.pershorecarnival.co.uk and return as soon as possible to the procession manager.

Entries that just turn up on the day are still welcome but will be placed at the back of the parade.

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