Titchfield gets ready for carnival procession

PARADE A stiltwalker at last year's carnival
PARADE A stiltwalker at last year's carnival
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THE bunting is already up as final preparations are being made for this Sunday’s Titchfield Carnival.

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of the village for the historic event which goes back 131 years.

And with the weather forecast looking good, organisers the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society are hoping for a big turn-out.

But they are also urging people to give at least £1 a head to help them fund the event and for the other charitable causes they support throughout the year.

Ann Whyntie, the society’s chairwoman, said: ‘Last year we worked out that the average contribution per person, per head in our collection buckets was only about 37p.

‘We would really like that to be £1 – we don’t think that’s too much to ask for a good day’s entertainment.

‘If we can make the carnival pay for itself, for the things we have to cover like the insurance and so on, the more money there will be for local groups from our other fundraising.’

Thirty floats and walking groups will be taking part in the procession.

For the first time this year, there will be chance to try zorbing and rock climbing on Barry’s Meadow, as well as the usual children’s rides, magic workshop and face painting.

Society vice-chairman Phil Burner said, ‘When we looked at the entries for the recent carnival poster competition we noticed that most included the bunting in the picture.

‘I guess that proves how important it is to decorate the village each year.’

Mrs Whyntie added: ‘Fingers crossed for the weather, let’s hope the forecast is right, but we will carry on whatever the weather.’

There will be two processions around the village, starting at 3pm and at 6.30pm.

Road closures will be in place from 12.15pm.

The procession for both runs will assemble at The Tanneries, heading down East Street, through the High Street and The Square, along South Street and up Coach Hill. It then turns left in Posbrook Lane, round Bellfield and out to Lower Bellfield, before heading back to the Tanneries along the reverse route.

There will also be the traditional pre-carnival church service at St Peter’s Church in Church Street, Titchfield, tonight at 6.30pm.