Sports fun on the field for this year’s Bridgemary carnival

SPECTACLE Organisers of this year's Bridgemary Carnival is hoped to be as loud and colourful as last year's event

SPECTACLE Organisers of this year's Bridgemary Carnival is hoped to be as loud and colourful as last year's event

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ORGANISERS of a community carnival are laying on a host of fun activities in a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

Youngsters going to the Bridgemary Carnival in Gosport tomorrow can scale a climbing wall, jump on trampolines or walk on water in a huge inflatable ball.

Organiser Lesley Ward said: ‘We are trying very hard to push this message of activity for children.

‘We have talked to the people who are bringing these activities and we have arranged discount prices for families to use them.

‘I am really looking forward to it.’

The carnival’s parade will leave Bridgemary Community Sports College at about 11.30am and follow a new route around the estate.

When the procession arrives back at the field, there will be an afternoon of live music, arena displays and go-kart rides as well as fun, healthy activities.

Lesley added: ‘I’ve seen some of the costumes people will be wearing in the parade and they will be absolutely beautiful.

‘My only fear is for the weather, but hopefully everything will turn out okay.

‘With two samba bands and at least 500 people expected in the carnival we certainly will be heard.’

Community development officer Jacky Charman has been invited to open the carnival after being nominated as Gosport’s greatest local hero earlier this year.

She was chosen by visitors to a three-month exhibition which explored the lives of the town’s unsung heroes.

Jacky said: ‘They sent me an invite and I didn’t know what it was for but then I realised they wanted me to open the carnival.

‘I was over the moon to be asked.

‘The carnival has grown so much over the years.

‘It started off as a spin-off of the Rowner carnival but now it is just a huge event all by itself.

‘It’s wonderful.’

Saturday’s carnival will also host the final of the Gosport Battle of the Bands in the Bridgemary School hall.

And on the field there will be more than 50 stalls run by community organisations.

NEW ROUTE

CARNIVAL organisers have altered this year’s parade route because of roadworks in Gosport.

The procession leaves Bridgemary Community Sports College at 11.30am and will move along Wych Lane. Hundreds of people taking part in the parade will then march down Brewers Lane before turning into Nobes Avenue.

The parade will then use the pathways around the Nobes Avenue playing fields to reach Holbrook Primary School and return to Bridgemary College.

Organiser Lesley Ward said: ‘This year, because of the closure of Wych Lane, the decision has been made to change the route.

‘The carnival organisers are very grateful for the co-operation and support from First Bus.’

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