Midsummer festival promises to be a heap of fun in Chatteris

Chatteris Midsummer Festival PHOTO: FDC

Chatteris Midsummer Festival PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

From camels and ponies parading through the streets to aircraft flypasts and close encounters with meerkats, this year’s Chatteris Midsummer Festival promises to be spectacle to remember.

Animals on Parade is the theme for this year’s popular family event on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, and final preparations are now underway to ensure it is one of the biggest and best yet.

Town council clerk Joanna Melton said: “Last year’s festival ‘The Rio Olympics Come to Chatteris’ was a great success with thousands of people turning out to support it.

“This year we are swapping sports for animals and we are confident that once again there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.

“In addition to the usual popular attractions such as the parade, Party in the Park and competitions there will be unusual animals on show for all to admire.”

Groups and individuals are being urged to dress up on the animal theme and take part in the colourful walking parade on the Saturday.

Departing from Church Lane car park at 11am, the parade will be led to Furrowfields Recreation Ground by camels, with ponies bringing up the rear.

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Residents and visitors will also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, from meerkats, snakes and lizards to spiders and possibly even skunks and raccoons, at the festival’s Exotic Animals Encounter.

Once the parade arrives at Furrowfields, there will be plenty of attractions in addition to the animals too, including a Spitfire flypast, inflatables, fun fair rides, stalls, refreshments and performances in the arena from Manea Silver Band, a Samba band, majorette troupes, Chatteris Army Cadets, and a theatrical group.

Talented local singers and musicians will also perform at an acoustics session in the marquee from 3pm to 7pm and afterwards bands, including Holly and the Boatmen, Tinderbox and Scumbus, will make Chatteris rock with Party in the Park.

Sunday’s festivities will include a Lancaster flypast, a fun dog show and dog agility demonstrations, Festival Wipeout and Tug of War competitions, music from Chatteris Town Band, zorbing for children and cream teas served in the marquee.

The marquee will also be the venue for the launch of the Chatteris in Myth and Memory Project on Thursday, June 22, and a variety show, with entertainment by Laura and Perry Dennis and Zelda Finch, on Friday, June 23, in the evening.

Chatteris Midsummer Festival is one of four ‘Four Seasons’ events supported by Fenland District Council and a committee of volunteers, in partnership with Chatteris Town Council and many other organisations and individuals in the town.

• For more information on the festival, to enter the parade or the competitions, or to help over the weekend, contact Chatteris Town Council clerk Joanna Melton on 01354 695166, chatteriscouncil@btconnect.com or visit the website www.chatterismidsummerfestival.co.uk.

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