Trimley: Heartbreak as village carnival cancelled

MISERABLE summer weather claimed another victim today – with the announcement that Trimley Carnival has been cancelled.

Organisers said the field at the Trimley Sports and Social Club was too saturated to use and with more rain forecast today and tomorrow, the event could not go ahead.

Carnival chairman John Sills said: “I did an inspection of the field at 7am this morning and it is very, very wet.

“It was squelch, squelch, squelch everywhere you walked.

“That is not going to dry up today – even if we had no more rain it will not be dry enough for lorries and fairground attractions.

“It would be unsafe and I think the only sensible course of action to take is to cancel the carnival.

“It’s a huge disappointment, especially after the nine months’ work which has gone into preparing for the day.

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“I know people will be disappointed but it’s been a simply dreadful summer and it is the awful ground conditions which have meant we have had to cancel.”

The parade – which this year had an Olympics and London theme – was due to have eight large floats, 30 entries in all, with the colourful cavalcade being led by 15 and 20 classic cars.

It was due to travel from Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary, going along High Road to the sports and social club in Trimley St Martin.

At this point the lorries go onto the field to allow people to get off and to turn round. The field is also used by other vehicles – trucks bringing rides – as well as attractions and displays.

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