It’s carnival time again as Gosport shows its colour

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ORGANISERS of Gosport’s annual carnival are hoping to beat the bad weather this weekend to put on a spectacular show.

The theme is Sixty Glorious Years to celebrate the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

ORGANISER Brian Russell

ORGANISER Brian Russell

Saturday’s event kicks off at 11am in the car park nearest to the cockle pond in Walpole Park.

It’s been moved there because the heavy rain has left the park boggy.

There will be cartoon characters, live music, a children’s fun fair, arena displays and charity stalls.

Brian Russell, one of the organisers of the event, said: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there on the day and I hope people turn out for the event.

‘The weather doesn’t look like it will be too bad at the weekend so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

‘We had to move the event at the last minute from Walpole Park because it’s had too much rain there and the grass is saturated.

‘But Gosport Borough Council has been helpful in sorting out the use of the car park and now it’s all systems go.’

The carnival will be opened by the mayor of Gosport, Councillor Chris Carter at 11am.

The walking procession will set off from the car park at 2pm.

The parade will continue along South Street to the bus station, turning up High Street and back to the car park through Walpole Road.

The carnival is organised by the Gosporteers and is held to raise money for the mayor’s chosen charities, which include the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

It has been running in the town for the past 50 years, with the Gosporteers specifically formed to organise the event.

Mr Russell added: ‘Obviously, with it being a bank holiday there will be lots of events going on around the town but we hope people will come along to the carnival.

‘We have got some new items this year which I’m sure people will enjoy.’

There is still time to enter a group into the procession or to book a stall at the carnival.

For more details call organiser Brian Russell on (023) 9258 4371 or e-mail brianatjellicoe@aol.com.