Excitement grows ahead of Paulsgrove Carnival

PARADE Last year's Paulsgrove Carnival. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112274-9)
PARADE Last year's Paulsgrove Carnival. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112274-9)

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THE streets of Paulsgrove and Wymering will be awash with vibrant colour as the community’s annual carnival marks its 27th year.

Excited youngsters and experienced carnival-goers have put the finishing touches to eye-catching outfits for tomorrow’s spectacular procession.

It starts at King Richard School in Paulsgrove before weaving its to Hempstead Green for midday.

There will be a host of activities and entertainment for people to enjoy on the green until 4pm, including live music, a children’s fun fair, car boot stalls and refreshments.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas will attend the day to hand out prizes to winners of the carnival procession.

There will be prizes for those who come first, second and third, and a special award for the effort that captures the spirit of carnival.

This year’s extravaganza aims to capture the feelgood spirit flowing around the city as it celebrates Charles Dickens’ 200th anniversary.

Some entries will be based on the famous author’s stories.

Last year, hundreds turned out to enjoy the day but organiser Cllr David Horne said he is hoping the weather stays dry for the event.

He said: ‘It won’t be the first time we have walked in showers with all the make-up and costumes getting soaking wet, but we will carry on whatever the weather.

‘We hope people will come out on to their doorsteps and give the procession a cheer.

‘People have been working on their walking entries for I don’t know how many weeks.

‘The city council has been a great help with its input but now because of its financial restraints the carnival association has to rely on grants from other people.

‘All we can do is encourage lots of schools and groups to get involved in a family fun day, which is free to enjoy.

‘It’s a great way for our little community to come together, have a laugh and have fun, getting to know everybody for the day and forgetting about their worries.

‘It’s a great credit to the Paulsgrove and Wymering area that it still has a carnival as other communities don’t anymore, such as Leigh Park.

‘We are still going and long may that continue.’