Fancy dress fun planned for Doddington Carnival’s 90th birthday

DODDINGTON Carnival returns to the village next month to celebrate its 90th birthday with an event that promises to be another action-packed day of fun.

The carnival, which takes place on Saturday July 7, will kick-off with a fancy dress competition at 10am before the Prince and Princess – Cadell Kelly and Rachael Parker-Freeman – accompany the parade of floats and bands at 10:30am.

A sports day for the children will be held at 1:30pm at the recreation ground on Benwick Road, with children who participate receiving a medal.

There will also be a scarecrow competition in the afternoon as well as a soapbox derby, which is new for this year.

Other attractions include various stalls and stands as well as a bouncy castle and barbecue. There will also be bands playing in the arena.

The event was first established in 1922 when headmaster of the village school, Lionel Sedley, decided to organise a sports day for the children. Responsibilities changed hands from then until 1981 when it was taken over by a dedicated committee, who added the carnival in 1986.