Carnival-goers will roll out the barrow

ROLL out the barrow and get along to Aylsham's Fabulous 1940s' Carnival on the Recreation Ground this Sunday, July 6.Organisers promise a day of old-fashioned family fun, food and nostalgia - with traditional games at yesterday's prices.

ROLL out the barrow and get along to Aylsham's Fabulous 1940s' Carnival on the Recreation Ground this Sunday, July 6.

Organisers promise a day of old-fashioned family fun, food and nostalgia - with traditional games at yesterday's prices.

And there's no danger of missing the Wimbledon men's final as Aylsham Tennis Club will be showing the match on a big screen.

Events get underway at 11am when everyone is invited to bring their unwanted goods in wheelbarrows, prams or any other non-motorised container for a swapping and selling session. Visitors may also want to test their local knowledge in a photographic competition.


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Carnival hits the streets at 2pm with the Endeavour Rangers Band who will leave Bure Valley Railway Station at the head of a costumed procession including favourites from Dad's Army, 'Allo, 'Allo! and 1940s Hollywood.

The walking parade will arrive on the Recreation Ground at about 2.30pm, travelling via Norwich Road, Red Lion Street, Market Square and Burgh Road.

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The field will be buzzing with activities all afternoon, including a dog show, from 1.30pm, which all pet pooches are invited to enter at a cost of 50p per category, displays by the Cawston Dog Agility and Obedience group (3.15pm), St Michael's School dancers (3.30pm) and the Endeavour Rangers (4.30pm).

Aylsham Band and Timescape will play hits from the era and there will be local history and town archives exhibitions.

Members of The Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group will be present in 1940s uniform with period vehicles, weapons and Women's Land Army uniforms. And the Guides will be putting on a display of a 1940s' camp.

Children's entertainment includes a bouncy castle, mega slide, fairground swing, story telling, circus skills demonstration and a Punch and Judy Show.

Refreshments will feature a WI 1940s' tea room, hog roast, lamb burgers, ice-creams, and a beer tent hosted by the Humpty Dumpty Brewery.

During the afternoon the results of Aylsham High School's cookery challenge will be announced. Pupils were invited to devise a healthy meal using local and seasonal ingredients.

The day will end with the raffle draw at 4.30pm and, at 4.45pm, Aylsham's traditional, and rumbustious, Jingling Match. Teams are welcome to sign up on the day to take on the blindfolded Jingler.

Eileen Springall, chairman of organisers the Cittaslow Events Committee, said they had tried hard to make sure the afternoon would be affordable for families.

“Back in the 1940s everyone was watching their pennies and we are again today. It can be a very expensive afternoon if you've got two children and everything costs a pound a time.

“If we get good weather I truly believe it will be a really good, fun and low-priced afternoon.”

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