Carnival celebrates city’s latest attraction with maritime theme

READY TO GO Back from left, committee members Melanie Stow, Clare Jefferson and chairman David Horne with, front from left, Mo Russell and Mary Horne. Picture: Sarah Standing (131103-4559)
READY TO GO Back from left, committee members Melanie Stow, Clare Jefferson and chairman David Horne with, front from left, Mo Russell and Mary Horne. Picture: Sarah Standing (131103-4559)
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INSPIRED by the opening of the Mary Rose Museum, this year’s Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival has a maritime theme.

Schools, community groups, Scouts and churches design and create floats and accessories for the carnival procession.

Taking place tomorrow, the family-friendly event will take over Paulsgrove as the procession makes it way from King Richard School along Allaway Avenue before heading back to Hempsted Road and Hempsted Way.

Once the carnival has finished, a range of activities will be available.

These include table top sales, food, drink, live music from local bands and a small funfair.

This year, the theme is maritime and David Horne, organiser of the Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival thinks it is good having a theme which chimes with events in the city.

He said: ‘We chose the best of maritime Portsmouth which was planned to coincide with the opening of the Mary Rose Museum.

‘We always try to do something which is relevant with the things in the city.

‘Next year we are thinking of The First World War but that is just one of many possibilities.

‘But everything is going fine and it should be a great day’

‘I just hope the weather is nice.

‘Local schools, Scout groups and community groups have put their thinking caps on and I always wait in anticipation to see what they’ve come up with.

‘Unfortunately they won’t be getting the usual help from Dot to Dot Arts but it means they can really show what they can do.’

The carnival is in its 28th year and this year received money from a partnership between The News and Comic Relief. The £50,000 cash giveaway gave the Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival £1,000.

David is appreciative of the cash which helped with this year’s costs.

He added: ‘We don’t get as much money from the council now and street barriers and policing are no longer free. So to get money like the £1,000 always helps.’

The carnival starts at 10am and will reach Hempsted Green between 11.30am and midday.