Gallery: Town alive with carnival spirit

POP music, martial arts and a dynamic dog display team were among the entertainment on offer at the 48th Stowmarket Carnival, which took place over the weekend.

Elliot Furniss

POP music, martial arts and a dynamic dog display team were among the entertainment on offer at the 48th Stowmarket Carnival, which took place over the weekend.

The three day event began on Friday with a funfair and music night and was in full swing by Saturday, with the traditional carnival procession making its way through the town.

The carnival was held at the town's recreation ground and thousands of people attended the event, which closed last night after a third and final day of fun and activities.


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The finale was a musical prom spectacular, featuring the Stowmarket Concert Band and the Tudor Rose Singers.

Carnival chairman Mark Cook said the event had attracted about the same sized crowd as in previous years, despite a lack of sponsorship that had threatened to hinder the proceedings.

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He said: “It's such a hard thing to get together. There are only a few people on the committee and we really work hard and just hope that the people of Stowmarket enjoy it.

“Everything has gone right so far - we offer value for money and the best entertainment we can get. It's a family-orientated event, with the funfair, motorbike display team, you name it, we've got it - and all for �3.”

Among those enjoying the carnival on Saturday was town mayor Vera Waspe, who said it was a “lovely” day and praised the efforts of all those who had organised the event.

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