Carnival team all set for the big day

By Gary Smee 31/05 Updated: 07/06 12:40

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Buy photos » Town crier Robert Speight will be leading the way at the Pershore Carnival. Picture by Nick Hands 2211035NHR2.

THE BUNTING will be out in all its glory in Pershore on Monday (June 4) as the town hosts its eagerly anticipated Jubilee themed carnival.

A jam-packed 12 hours of entertainment is planned starting at 10am with a craft fair in the town hall.

At 10.45am the live entertainment gets underway as Pershore Town Choir sing a variety of traditional and sacred songs along with some modern favourites in the Baptist Church.

One of the day's showpiece events, the carnival procession, starts with the floats assembling at Pershore Football Club in King George's Way at 11.30am before a last call for entrants at midday.

Town Mayor Charles Tucker will then judge the best before the procession starts at 1pm and winds its way through the town centre to Abbey Park by 2pm.

Meanwhile the fun in Abbey Park gets underway at 1pm with Evesham Hospital Roadshow before the official carnival opening at 2.15pm with the mayor, the king and queen of the carnival and the attendants and the announcement of the procession winners.

For the next three hours the carnival then gets into full swing with entertainment from the St Andrew's Pipe Band, comedy cavemen the Pre Hee Men, Move On Up Community Choir, the Drakes Broughton Folk Band and music from Evesham Hospital Radio.

Visitors can also enjoy vintage cars and motorbikes, ferret racing, a dog show, youth bands in the bandstand, stalls and a funfair, bouncy castle and hog roast.

There will be plenty of car parking at the civic centre and many of the town's shops will be open throughout the day.

At 6.30pm the Diamond Jubilee Concert begins with popular Pershore act, SJS Rock Band followed by performances from Garry Allcock All Stars Big Band and Rev Elvis - Andy Kelso.

The event will be brought to a close at 10pm with a spectacular fireworks display.

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