Estate is gearing up for summer carnival

Part of the carnival parade last year in Leigh Park Picture: Sarah Standing (142346-5809)
Part of the carnival parade last year in Leigh Park Picture: Sarah Standing (142346-5809)
  • Leigh Park Carnival is back
  • It will begin in Park Parade and end on Stockheath Common
  • Traditional games, live music and fairground rides
  • Car boot sale the next day
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THE final preparations are being made for what is sure to be a wild carnival.

This year’s event in Leigh Park will have a Wild West theme and visitors are being encouraged to wear cowboy hats and stetsons.

I’m sure everyone will really enjoy themselves

Tara Fisher

A small team of volunteers has worked to put the carnival together.

There will be music, dancing, fancy dress, fairground rides and lots of traditional games.

Organiser Tara Fisher, from West Leigh, said: ‘It’s been hard work putting it all together but well worth it.

‘It’s going to be a lot of fun.

‘We spent a long time deciding on a theme but I think everyone will enjoy dressing up in Wild West costumes.

‘The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Leah Turner, is going to judge the fancy dress competition.

‘There will be a glamorous granny competition – and even a gorgeous granddad.

‘All the old-fashioned games will be played – the three-legged race and the egg and spoon race.

‘I’m sure everyone will really enjoy themselves.’

The fun begins at 11.30am in Park Parade, Leigh Park.

The carnival parade will then make its way to Stockheath Common where there will be a full day of activities for all the family.

Following that the evening entertainment will begin.

Local dancers will be performing on the stage and local bands will also play.

Mrs Fisher said: ‘The evening is going to be for dancing and having a good time. The bands are great and I’m sure people will enjoy the performances.

‘We are a small group with no money but we have managed to put together a carnival which I think Leigh Park can be proud of.

‘People have been extremely generous to us with raffle prizes. Brittany Ferries have donated £100 towards a holiday. Ferneham Halls has donated tickets for Dick Whittington and the Guildhall in Portsmouth has given us tickets for a pop concert.

‘And Tesco has donated 36 bottles of good quality wine.’

The carnival is on July 11. A fundraising car boot sale is being held the following day.