Nailsea prepares for 30th carnival and fair

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 June 2017

!st Nailsea Beavers and Cubs at Nailsea Carnival. Picture: Jeremy Long

!st Nailsea Beavers and Cubs at Nailsea Carnival. Picture: Jeremy Long

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Crowds will be filling Nailsea this weekend ready for the town's popular carnival.

It is the 30th anniversary of the fun-packed spectacle this year and organisers are hoping for a record number of entries to celebrate the landmark occasion.

The event is organised by the Friends of First Nailsea Scout Group (FOFN) on behalf of Nailsea Town Council.

Scores of community groups, schools, preschools and businesses will be donning colourful costumes on a variety of themes and vying for one of the coveted prizes on the day.

The carnival procession starts at Clevedon Road car park at 1pm on Saturday and the parade will snake its way through the town before ending up at Millennium Park, in Brockway for the town fair.

Cara Beaver from the FOFN said: “This year will be our 30th anniversary so it would be great to have as many entries as possible to mark the special occasion.”

The fair will include music, dance, children’s rides, stalls and a car boot sale.

Last year stormtroppers, minions and Mr Men were out in force, delighting crowds with their impressive costumes.

Organisers reported a bumper number of entries compared to previous years and were delighted to see a ‘resurgence of interest’.

The event raised almost £9,000 for the group, which was used to help repay the Scout Association loan for scout hut rebuild which took place in 2015.

Groups including Adele Stitch School of Dance, Gemini Cheerleaders and Nailsea and Backwell Girls Rugby Club put on displays at the fair and the music was provided by Acorns folk group.

The best overall prize went to 1st Nailsea Beavers and Cubs for their Star Wars entry.

Other winners included Tesco, the WI, Nailsea Motorcycle Club and Grove Preschool.

A great deal of hard work goes into preparing for the event, with groups making costumes, props and kitting out floats for the parade.

The Friends of First Nailsea Scout Group would like to thank everyone who helps to make the carnival a success and to all the entries for their displays and hard work.

Click here to see photos from last year’s event.

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