Let the carnival fun commence - The Evesham Observer

Let the carnival fun commence

Evesham Editorial 26th May, 2018   0

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

And ahead of the popular event, the winners of the shop window competition have been revealed by carnival organisers.

The competition was judged by new Pershore Mayor Coun Chris Parsons, Wychavon District Council chairman Coun Tony Rowley and Nicky Oldfield from Carrick Travel.

A total of 20 Pershore retailers took up the challenge to put on a creative window display based on this year’s theme of ‘50 Golden Years’.

Creative minds at Fordy’s Fishing Tackle were rewarded for their inspiring design and named winners.

Staff at Thai Legend cooked up a storm to finish second while this year’s creation from Lawrences Fireplaces came in third.

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

After months of planning and fund-raising the 2018 ‘50 Golden Years’ Pershore Carnival is merely days away.

The stalls and funfair on Abbey Park will open at 10am and the Carnival parade will begin at 1pm.

Numerous floats will be on show with the procession lead by carnival King Sam Mardle from Holy Redeemer Primary School, Queen Frankee Camden of Cherry Orchard First School and Princess Harriet Edmondson.

There will be a variety of fantastic free entertainment throughout the day, acts confirmed included Paws for Thought Dog Display Team, a fabulous craft tent and kids workshops provided by Junkfish, and live music from PODS and Worcester Rock Choir.

This year’s beneficiary of the street collection during the parade is Pershore Sea Cadets, an organisation that offers opportunities to young people on and off the water, helping to boost their confidence and self-belief.

The children’s programme competition winning entry has been designed by Phoebe Henderson from Holy Redeemer School. The programme will be delivered free to Pershore households during May and will be on sale on the day for £1.

After an afternoon of entertainment, the carnival’s evening concert will be headlined again by Mel & Him, a lively and entertaining duo performing hits from the 80s, with a few newer and older classics mixed in.

Musical talents of Jenny Ludlow, Griff Collins, Sandra Mason, the People’s Republic of Mercia and Where’s Martin will also be taking to the stage to bring the curtain down on carnival day.

The day will conclude with firework finale at 10pm.

Carnival chairman Colin Shepherd said: “Pershore Carnival is a voluntary not for profit organisation run by volunteers.

“All the planning, preparation, administration, and fund-raising are done on a voluntary basis by a small committee. Carnival is a day organised for the people of Pershore, by the people of Pershore.”

Visit www.pershorecarnival.co.uk for more information.

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