25th Oct, 2016

Carnival fever ready to grip Evesham

Rob George 3rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS are expected to line the streets of Evesham town centre to welcome back the town’s carnival after a seven-year absence.

Organisers hope the movie-themed extravaganza on Saturday (June 6) will be the biggest the town has ever seen and bring visitors flocking into Evesham.

More than 30 colourful groups including decorated floats, open-topped cars carrying town dignitaries, ‘film stars’ and Carnival Queen Stella Lewis-Painter, 10, will be led by a pipe band and make up a huge procession involving people and businesses from the area.

The procession will kick off at 12.30pm and leave Crown Meadow, across the new Abbey Bridge and viaduct, along Waterside, across Workman Bridge, into Mill Street, up Swan Lane, into the High Street and down Abbey Road before returning to Crown Meadow.

And with summer finally threatening to make an appearance, Evesham is expected to be busier than ever as crowds gather to watch the celebrations.

After the procession, the fun will continue in Crown Meadow with a host of exciting and entertaining activities for young and old to enjoy.

Danters fun fair, a kids’ prize disco, trade stands, charity stalls, food and refreshment stalls selling everything from hotdogs to pork baps and gourmet pies and mash, real ale and cider are all on the menu.

One of the event’s sponsors Karndean Design Floorings is running a stand with the chance to win a new floor while the friendly staff will also man a ‘Grab a Grand’ stall.

Guest of honour is local veteran farmer Joan Bomford who was recently named Countryfile’s Farming Hero 2015.

And the action will continue into the evening with live music from the likes of Birmingham Blues Brothers, Country Chix, Los Morados, Marabooboo Allstars, Journey2Toto and Viva ABBA.

Bucket collections will be taking place during the procession with all funds collected going towards local charities and good causes.

Ahead of the celebration, hard working carnival organisers have unveiled the winners of their best dressed window competition.

The creative minds at Louise’s Florists on the High Street were rewarded for their Mary Poppins theme with the top prize in the competition.

Judges made their way around several shops and praised the creations by many traders before declaring the popular shop had triumphed.

Manageress Jenny Martin, who dreamed up the design, was presented with the trophy by Evesham Mayor Coun Fred Kaler.

Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Evesham-Carnival for all the latest news on this year’s carnival.