Children’s carnival float at Sheringham helped by local building society

A community art project at Sheringham was helped to create a giant octopus for its carnival float by a donation from the town's Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

Thirty children were involved creating and manning the float which also features dancing jellyfish for this weekends parade.

Janet Farrow, partnership manager at Upcher Community Partnership, which runs the Open Door Community Art, approached Caroline Beale, manager at N&P's Sheringham branch, who donated funds needed to buy materials such as paint, coloured cellophane, pipe lagging, chicken wire and umbrellas.

Some of the youngsters will be dressed as fisherman and attached to the legs of the octopus, as though it has caught them, and some will be dancing jellyfish be following the float.

The float has been organised by volunteers from the Community Art Project, who are hoping they will have as much success this year as they had last summer when they came first in their class in Cromer carnival, and second in Sheringham.

Group organiser Becky Robinson said: 'We're very grateful to N&P for the donation. It's great fun to get children from the local community together to make these big floats, but it can get very costly to buy the materials. The support that we've received from N&P has enabled us to buy lots of strong and colourful materials to make our octopus look great.'

Caroline said: 'It was a pleasure to help out this local project. So many children and their families get involved and it's great to see them create something so impressive. The carnival is a big event each year and I know that everyone looks forward to it.'

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Sheringham carnival parade is on Sunday August 7, with floats assembling at the Station Road car park from noon, judging at 3pm and moving off at 4pm.