Sheringham Carnival plan takes shape

Carnival time at Sheringham this summer will involve 76 events over 11 days.Preparations are well under way for the programme which reaches a climax on the main carnival day of Wednesday August 6.

Carnival time at Sheringham this summer will involve 76 events over 11 days.

Preparations are well under way for the programme which reaches a climax on the main carnival day of Wednesday August 6.

The carnival cost about £20,000 to stage, said press officer Brian Leake, who stressed that it was a non-profit-making organisation, and was not funded by the traders or council.

It was given use of the main car park for free through district council support however, and about £4,000 was given to good causes in a typical year.

A 16-strong committee of volunteers were all “outsiders” who had moved to the town and were keen to keep the tradition going.

“People give their time freely. We even buy our own beer at meetings,” he said.

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Carnival queen Rosa Whiteman and her two attendants Felicity Farraway and Olivia Button had been chosen.

A park and ride scheme would operate from Sheringham High School on carnival day.

New events this year included a display by Newfoundland water rescue dogs, medieval longbows, and a demonstration by the East Coast Militia.

Mr Leake also appealed to businesses, pubs and clubs to provide floats for the parade, and for carnivalgoers to buy programmes and put cash in buckets to support an event which was “excellent value with plenty to keep the whole family entertained all week.”