Countdown to Pinchbeck Carnival parade

Pinchbeck carnival and parade.'Pinchbeck Sunflower Lodge'Photo: SG090612-135TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Pinchbeck carnival and parade.'Pinchbeck Sunflower Lodge'Photo: SG090612-135TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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It’s the countdown to Pinchbeck Carnival with preparations in place for the weekend’s numbers themed big event.

A bingo night kicks off the event tomorrow (Friday) in the marquee on the Rotten Row playing field.

The carnival begins on Saturday with a parade that sets off at noon from Wimberley Way and weaves its way through the village and to the field accompanied by the Tally Ho Marching Band.

This year there will be a new route after being refused permission to close roads and previous problems from marshalls getting abuse from irate drivers.

After leaving Wimberley Way, the parade will go down Rotten Row, Brownlow Crescent, Bear Lane, Knight Street and back up Rotten Way.

From 12.45pm onwards there will be crafts, rides, stalls, dog displays, a fancy dress competition, live music and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flypast – with the official opening at 1pm by the Rev David Sweeting.

Among the highlights in the arena will be the Shadowquest Dog Display Group, the Breaston Highlanders and Spalding School of Dance.

Jane Amess, one of the organisers, said: “Our parade this year is going to be one of the biggest yet with at least seven floats decorated using our numbers theme.

“Also in the parade on our ‘royalty’ float will be our very own carnival queen Esther Howard, princess Abigail Slade and prince Thomas Wright.

“We hope everyone will come along and enjoy the weekend and at the same time support all the local organisations who have stalls.”

The day ends with a Has Pinchbeck Got Talent? contest in the marquee at 5pm.

On Sunday, there is a church service in the marquee at 10.30am followed by lunch. Tickets can be booked in advance on 01775 680444.