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Sixty entries for Newbury Carnival and still counting

Organisers predict bumper event

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Sixty entries for Newbury Carnival and still counting

NEWBURY Carnival organisers are looking forward to another record breaking year as entries continue to pour in for the parade on Sunday, July 5.

Nearly 60 entries for the parade have already been received and carnival committee chairman Bryan Harper said: “We’re delighted that Newbury Carnival 2015 has really captured the imagination of the people of West Berkshire.

"We have some wonderfully artistic entries with people getting together across the district and spending weeks and months to produce some fabulous floats.

“There’s a real pride taken in the preparation of floats and I am sure the competition to be the best will be hotly contested again this year - last time there was a three way tie for Overall Best Entry.”

The parade will be filled with music.

Highlights will include The Reading Scottish Pipe band who will be bringing their special sound of the Highlands as they march in the parade and perform at the fete afterwards.

And the Rampage Mas Band will bring a touch of the Caribbean to the streets, with a rich musical flavour to accompany their stunning outfits.

Newbury and Thatcham Rock Choir will be performing at the Carnival Fete from 12pm; Hungerford Town Band will be playing in the bandstand from 3pm to 5pm, and there are performances throughout the afternoon in the Fete Arena, including the much acclaimed Mini Band, Sticky Fingers with their ukuleles, Interakt Community Theatre and Arts, West Berkshire Sway Dance, Steps Ahead Dance School, and Bruce Hogg and his guitar.

Project manager for the carnival, Ruth Walker, said: “We are excited that once again Newbury Carnival is building towards a fantastic spectacle and we hope everyone enjoys the Carnival atmosphere, parade and fete including the wonderful variety of music and dance.”

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