Lights, carnival, action

Sid vale CC at last years carnival. Ref shs 0318-40-13SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sid vale CC at last years carnival. Ref shs 0318-40-13SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth is looking forward to its illuminated carnival procession tomorrow (Saturday).

People have been encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the colourful festivities, which start at 7.30pm.

Roads will be closed in the town centre from 4pm.

Around 30 entries are taking part, with judging of all floats and walking participants taking place prior to the start of the two-hour procession.

This year’s carnival queen, Taylor Beavis, will lead the parade in a vintage car, starting from Sidmouth Fire Station in Woolbrook Road, heading along the seafront and up to All Saints Road.

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Terry Clarke, carnival committee chairman, promises spectators a dazzling sight and says, although the Sid Vale Carnival Club is unable to enter a float this year, others have raised their standards.

“The carnival is more likely to bring families out than any other event. It is quite a night,” said Terry.

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Collection tins will be circulating on the night and money raised goes towards the total £2,000 prize pot, with any additional funds donated to local charities.

Terry said money is collected throughout the year to meet the £3,000 cost of the carnival and he asked people to be generous and give as much as they can to support the tradition.

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