20th Nov, 2019

Countdown begins to this year's Bromsgrove Carnival

AN OPEN-AIR cinema screening of the film Bohemian Rhapsody will get this year’s two-day Bromsgrove Carnival under way next Friday, July 12, writes Ben Tolley.

Organisers hope it will give the popular event a fantastic start after more than 1,000 people flocked to the pop-up cinema event last year to watch the Greatest Showman.

Next Saturday is the big day for the carnival which kicks off with the spectacular procession, beginning at North Bromsgrove High School at midday and progressing through the town to the arena in Sanders Park.

Due to popular demand, the traditional carnival floats are back and the theme this year will be ‘Safari’ and parading with the creatively decorated lorries will be marching bands and a variety of organisations entering as walking groups.

Procession leader Natalie Holland said: “I think it is great the way the community comes together to support local groups and charities as well as having fun on the day.”

Wilson’s funfair will be in full swing providing excitement in Sanders Park where there will also be a live music stage featuring acts throughout the day and a host of stalls, shows, demonstrations and other activities.

This event is non-profit making with all proceeds being donated to local charities such as Primrose Hospice, Libby Mae’s Little Angels, and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

The organisers have launched an appeal to find volunteers to help out with this year’s Bromsgrove Carnival.

Carnival leader Adam Lote said: “We are just a small group and always need extra people to help us marshal the events and make them a success.”

Go to the Bromsgrove Carnival Facebook page for more on the event and message the team on there to volunteer.

At 6pm next Saturday local athletes will be competing in the challenging Timberhonger 10k and at 5pm the starting gun will be fired for the Children’s Challenge fun run.

More than 800 runners are expected to take on the races this year and be rewarded with their specially commissioned race medals.

For those over 18 a refreshing Timberhonger 10k beer awaits those who participate.

Go to timberhonger10k.co.uk/timberhonger.htm for more on the Timberhonger 10K and Children’s Challenge and to register.

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