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Can you come up with a theme for this year's Newbury Carnival?

Organisers ask public to put forward ideas

Chris Ord


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Date set for 2017 Newbury Carnival

ORGANISERS of Newbury Carnival 2017 are asking the public to come up with ideas for the theme of this year’s big event.

Following ‘Going for Gold’ in 2011, 2013’s ‘Travels through Time: Past, Present and Future’ and 2015’s ‘Heroes and Villains’ the Newbury Carnival Committee is hoping this year’s theme will be equally inspirational.

The committee says the theme needs to be wide-ranging and simple to suit the huge range of charities, schools, nurseries, businesses, and activity groups that take part every carnival year.

This year Newbury Carnival will be on Sunday, July 16. 

The carnival parade will start at 2pm and the procession will wind through the town centre and finish in Park Way while the carnival fete will once again be in Victoria Park.

Ideas for the theme can be suggested on Twitter or Facebook or by visiting

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  • kingcnut

    23/02/2017 - 09:09

    I am pleased Newbury Carnival is to be revived this year. As yet, no theme has been announced, but I hope it has a sustainable, environmental and safety-first element, unlike previous years. I would suggest to the organisers, the convoy of 40 tonne articulated HGV floats be avoided, both for safety reasons and a reduction in choking bad air quality, you could cut with a knife on a hot July, high air pressure day, containing toxic carcinogens, now positively identified as asthma/cancer causing. These vehicles are normally excluded from the Town centre and will always be a threat to the Town Bridge weight limit. Clearly, with all the people milling about, driving an HGV through crowded streets is folly. There have been bad accidents, in other towns, with participants falling from unguarded flat-bed edges (see photo). In Leamington Spa a few years back, a child fell beneath the wheels of a juggernaut and was killed. Instead, make the floats either a walking/cycling/pony/trailer, etc:


  • pops50

    17/02/2017 - 23:11

    History and events that made and make up Newbury