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Have you seen the new route for Sudbury carnival procession this Sunday?

PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:39 14 August 2018

Sudbury Carnival Reunites perform in the 2014 Sudbury Carnival
Picture: ARCHANT

Sudbury Carnival Reunites perform in the 2014 Sudbury Carnival Picture: ARCHANT

It's Sudbury Carnival this weekend - hopefully the warm weather will return in time to make it another fantastic event for the fifth year in a row since it was resurrected after a 20 year break.

The new route for this year's Sudbury Carnival Picture: SUDBURY CARNIVAL/GOOGLE MAPSThe new route for this year's Sudbury Carnival Picture: SUDBURY CARNIVAL/GOOGLE MAPS

This year the organising committee has been forced to change the carnival’s procession route due to a road closure on a key route.

Gainsborough Road will be shut for six-weeks from July 24 for major work to repair water pipes and restore underground cables. This initially put the event at risk of being cancelled.

But now it’s full steam ahead once again with a new route agreed with Suffolk County Council and shown on the map accompanying this story.

This year, all entrants for the carnival, on Sunday, August 19, will:

Sudbury 
Carnival Queen 2015 Georgia Pilgrim and princesses Maisie Higgs and Chloe Thomas
Picture: ANDY ABBOTTSudbury Carnival Queen 2015 Georgia Pilgrim and princesses Maisie Higgs and Chloe Thomas Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

• Meet at Alexandra Road by the Delphi factory

• The procession will turn left into Newton Road, right into Cats Lane to the end of the road before turning right into Cornard Road.

• From there, participants will process across Kings Road to the traffic lights at the Girling Street/East Street crossroads

• Finally they will turn right into Girling Street to Belle Vue Park, arriving around 1.15pm.

Sudbury Carnival in 1996
Picture: ANDY ABBOTTSudbury Carnival in 1996 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Jack Owen, county councillor and former town mayor, who is part of the carnival committee, said: “Hopefully the forced change of route will not spoil the participants’ or spectators’ enjoyment, with more than 20 individual floats taking part.”

The carnival was resurrected in 2014 after an absence of more than 20 years. This year’s theme is ‘countries of the world’.

Were you involved in a previous Sudbury Carnival? If you were and have some old pictures you’d like to share, please get in touch or post them via the Enjoy Sudbury More Facebook Group.

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