Aldeburgh: Town prepares for annual carnival celebrations

FINAL preparations are today being put in place for a coastal resort’s annual celebration.

The 70th Aldebugh Carnival gets under way tomorrow and organisers are promising fun for all the family.

Thousands of people are expected to visit the seaside town for the three day extravaganza, which culminates on Monday with the main procession.

Last week it emerged the popular event was in danger of being cancelled because of a lack of volunteers. But enough people have now come forward to ensure the event goes with a swing.

This year’s carnival procession has no overall theme, so those who take part are free to choose whatever fancy dress they like.

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The fun kicks off tomorrow with the carnival village, which includes stalls on Crag Path, sideshows, tombola and a traditional steam-driven galloper ride. There will also be a lollipop hunt for children at 2.30pm on the beach just north of the lifeboat station.

The following day starts with a car boot on King’s Field followed by a mini marathon. There will also be Punch and Judy shows, children’s sports, an egg boat race and a songs of praise.

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Monday sees a full programme of events, starting at 8.30am with swimming races in the sea, followed by more children’s sports and a lifeboat launch. The main procession - led by the Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division and featuring 18-year-old carnival queen Emily Stebbings and her two attendants, Millie Lockwood, nine, and Alice Shepherd, eight - starts at 3pm.

It will be followed by entertainment on the High Street, before a Chinese lantern procession at 8.45pm ahead of the usual fireworks display.

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