Crafts, disco and pamper night events planned as Ottery prepares for carnival and Tar Barrels 2019

A packed programme of events has been announced ahead of crowds arriving in Ottery for the town’s carnival and Tar Barrels.

Carnival organisers are running a number of activities ahead of the bonfire tradition which is set to bring thousands of visitors to the town.

New this year is the best dressed window competition in memory of Phyllis Baxter, who served as the town's tourist information centre manager for more than a decade and died in September last year at the age of 73.

Shops will have chance to decorate their window in the run up to the carnival, which will take place on Saturday, October 19.

During carnival day, there will be a cake sale in Hind Street between 10am and noon and the annual crowning ceremony of the royal party.

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During the ceremony, which begins at 2pm in The Institute, the winners of the 'guy' and children's fancy dress competition will be announced.

All eyes will then turn to the carnival procession at 7.30pm.

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Diversions will be in place across the town with road closures enforced between 7pm and 10pm.

Road affected include routes leading to the town centre from Strawberry Lane, Slade Road and Furzebrook Junction.

The Exeter Road leading to Finnimore industrial estate, from the King's School cross, will be closed at 3pm and reopens at 8pm.

Marshals will be directing traffic to Salston Cross until 7pm.

The diversions will then change with cars diverted through to Tipton St John, to circle back round into the town via Tip Hill, Longdogs Lane and Slade Road.

The events do not stop there as organisers turn their attention to Tar Barrels, which takes place on November 5.

On Friday, October 25, the committee has organised events for youngsters including a craft afternoon in The Old Boys School from 2pm. Entry is £3 per child, who must be accompanied by an adult.

The Old Boys School will open its doors again from 6.30pm with a session of sweet bingo.

Adults can get in on the fun on Saturday, October 26, with an over 18s disco in The Institute. The event runs from 7.30pm until late and has a bar.

The final event before Tar Barrels on November 5 is a pamper evening at Ottery St Mary Football Club on November 1.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available by calling 077725854366.

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