Pewsey royalty flip the switch to mark the beginning of fortnight of festivities (From This Is Wiltshire)
Pewsey royalty flip the switch to mark the beginning of fortnight of festivities
8:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest News
IT’S the time of year when Pewsey once again immerses itself in the magic of carnival.
The carnival fortnight started on Saturday with the children’s fancy dress parade and party at the Bouverie Hall.
On Sunday evening, carnival queen Katie Hogg flicked the switch for the colourful carnival street lights to be turned on and The Simpsons River Display also came to life.
Festival chairman Bernie Bradshaw said: “This year we’ve introduced Have a Go at carnival and we had four glider flights up for grabs.
“We had so many entries that we had to draw the names out of a hat on Sunday and the kids were so ecstatic.
“Because Have a Go is new it’s got off to a slow start because the kids don’t really know what it’s all about but it’s starting to pick up now.”
The window spotting competition was revived this year, where residents were invited to look at stores and find the item on display that is not usually sold there.
Mr Bradshaw said: “The window spotting is really brilliant for the atmosphere at the carnival; it’s a nice tick-over event.”
Tonight will see one of the carnival’s major attractions, the four-legged race.
Teams of three will dash around the village in fancy dress, tied together at the ankle, stopping at the Football Club, The Coopers Arms, The Moonrakers, Daisy’s Kitchen, Thomsons and The Royal Oak on route.
Events continue throughout the week, including the opening service on Sunday which includes a procession at 7.15pm from St John the Baptist’s Church to King Alfred’s statue.
The ceremony starts at 7.30pm in the Market Place, with Kennet Vale Brass.
Mr Bradshaw said: “If the rain holds off hopefully it should be another brilliant year. It would be nice for people outside of Pewsey to come along because it’s important to support each other’s carnivals and we’d be very welcoming.
“There’s lots going on in Coopers Field with float-building activities and it looks like there will be some great floats.”
For a full list of events visit www.pewsey-carnival.org.uk
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