Fun day expected for all the family at Doddington Carnival

DODDINGTON Carnival returns next Saturday for an event which promises to be another action-packed day of fun.

A children’s fancy dress competition will kick-off the event with judging taking place at 10am. Eleven floats and two marching bands then join the procession which will parade through the village from Church Lane at 10.30am.

The parade will be led by Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, followed by carnival prince and princess, Luis Broad and Libby Richman.

Peterborough Highland Pipe Band and Norwich Samba Band – back by popular demand – will play to the crowds who can also watch seven vintage cars and a number of Harley Davidson motorbikes in taking to the streets of Doddington.

The procession will continue to High Street and down to Primrose Hill before turning back and heading back to Manor Estate.

The carnival continues from 1.30pm at the recreation ground in Benwick Road where 70 children’s races will be held. Each child who participates will receive a medal. A mums’ space hopper race will also be held.

Elsewhere, two bands and majorettes will perform in the main area as crowds get the chance to enjoy a range of stalls offering information, entertainment and food.

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MP Steve Barclay will close the carnival at 4pm by presenting trophies to race winners.

Grant Barlow, chairman of the village’s carnival and sports committee, said: “This year’s event will be more polished. We have listened to what people want because it’s not the committee’s carnival, it’s the villages.”

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