Pinchbeck Carnival this weekend

Rain failed to dampen spirits last year.
Rain failed to dampen spirits last year.
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Pinchbeck’s annual carnival will be joining in with the celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer.

The event, which runs from FRiday to Sunday, has the theme 90 Glorious Years and visitors can expect all the carnival entertainments they have come to know and love over the years.

The village first held a carnival back in 1977 to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee when it was organised by Coun Nobby Walker and a team of helpers.

It was five years later in 1982 that the event was repeated and went on to become an annual one.

This year’s festivities at the Rotten Row playing field begin at 6.30pm on Friday with bingo in the marquee when it’s eyes down at 7pm.

On Saturday the village’s annual parade leaves Wimberley Way at noon, travelling down Rotten Row, Brownlow Crescent, Bear Lane, Knight Street and back down Rotten Row to the playing field, arriving at about 12.45pm.

The spectacular parade will be led by the village’s Royal float, carrying its very own Carnival Queen Annie Kinsella and Princesses Teigan Burrill and Katelyn Brocklehurst.

The carnival will then be officially opened by Spalding Tulip Queen Ella Holbrook and her deputy Monika Biernacka.

This year’s main arena act is the Welsh Axemen, who will perform two different 30-minute shows, including chainsaw carving, chainsaw races, underhand block racing and springboard tree climbs.

Other arena acts include Mel’s Zumba, the Breaston Highlanders, Abbey High Fliers, Dennis Hannant, a dog display and a parade of classic cars.

Jan and Chris from Tulip Radio will be comperes for the day.

Weather permitting, there will also be a flypast by the Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Other entertainments include children’s rides, stalls, refreshments, a licensed bar, fancy dress competition and handicraft competitions open to both adults and children including crafts, needlework, painting, flower arranging, photography and some cooking categories.

From around 5.30pm there will be live music in the marquee from country rock singer Henry Birkett followed by a disco.

Admission for the whole day is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Sunday’s events start with a united church service in the marquee at 10.30am and from 11.30am everyone is asked join in with a Picnic in the Park to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.

People are asked to bring their own food and drink, gazebos, tables and chairs. A licensed bar will be available and there will music, children’s games and races and a fun tug ‘o’ war contest.

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