Bridgemary Carnival planners want hundreds to make a big noise

BIG DAY OUT Last year's Bridgemary Carnival
BIG DAY OUT Last year's Bridgemary Carnival
The Strand in central London was cordoned-off after some 1,450 people were evacuated from a nightclub and a hotel following a gas leak. Picture: London Fire Brigade/PA Wire

NATIONAL: 1,450 people evacuated in central London following gas leak

Have your say

THE Bridgemary Carnival Association has spent months planning the all-weather theme for this year’s event.

Now with temperatures set to be mid-20C the snowmen and umbrellas may look a little odd parading around Gosport tomorrow.

But quick-thinking Lesley Ward, chairwoman of the committee, said at least the umbrellas can become sun parasols – although not much can be done about the snowmen.

‘Our theme is “whatever the weather” because we were convinced we were going to have terrible weather yet again,’ she said.

‘But we’re all rather stunned at the moment, when you log on to the long-range weather forecast, I keep seeing sunshine looking back at me.

‘We’ve got lots of noise too. I’ve purchased at least 1,000 whistles and horns, which we’ll be giving out.

‘We want people to participate – it’s all about a community coming together and enjoying a fun day.’

Anyone can turn up on the day and join in the carnival.

Already between 400 and 600 people are expected to come along and process through the streets of Bridgemary.

Musicians from youth group Loud and Proud will perform at certain points to keep the procession in high spirits.

It starts at 11.30am at Bridgemary School in Wych Lane before moving to Brewers Lane, then Nobes Avenue, then left again back to the school. And waiting at the school will be stalls and plenty of free activities.

The carnival has been boosted after it won a £595 grant from The News and Comic Relief’s £50,000 giveaway in April.

Activities include a climbing wall and a smoothie-making bike.

Lesley added: ‘This year we tried to get hard to get things on the field that are free for families to enjoy. We’ve got a Punch and Judy for the youngsters to sit and watch.

‘The only thing stopping the kids having a go up the climbing wall is the length of the queue.’

The Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight Roadshow will also be there, promoting physical activity.

The carnival will be started by Gosport council’s Cllr Michael Geddes, ward member for Bridgemary South. As a county councillor he had supported the carnival and the association wants to thank him for his help.