A 1940s theme for this year’s Lavenham carnival

Lavenham Carnival

Lavenham Carnival - Credit: Archant

The clocks are set to be turned back 70 years as a west Suffolk village embraces the sights and sounds of the 1940s at its summer carnival.

The event in Lavenham, on August Bank Holiday Monday, will also tie in with the village Rare Breeds Motor Show.

A themed procession, including floats carrying people dressed as wartime evacuees, the Armed Forces, land girls, and the Home Guard, will kick-start the carnival at noon, leading the crowds from the Market Place to the recreation ground. Arena attractions will include the Skyliner band, the Diamond Majorettes, the Suffolk Hunt hounds and the Ragroof Players, who will be hosting a tea dance.

Alongside this, the Lavenham Press Rare Breeds Motor Show will feature 450 vintage and classic cars.

Annie Eves-Boland, from the carnival committee, said: “The carnival has always been a big part of Lavenham life.

“It is an annual community event, which celebrates the village in which we live, learn and trade, and most significantly raises funds on behalf of the Lavenham Community Council.”

A host of craft and charity stalls will include one run by the 8th in the East and Lavenham’s Swan Hotel, displaying Second World War memorabilia and artefacts. It will also give an update on the Airmen’s bar signatures project, which aims to trace the families of personnel stationed in Lavenham during the Second World War who signed the wall in The Swan bar at that time.

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The event is on August 31. Admission is £5, and free for under-16s.

For more information you can follow the latest updates via the Lavenham Carnival Facebook page.

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