Weston set for carnival spectacular

PUBLISHED: 16:59 12 November 2010

One of the floats at last year's carnival

One of the floats at last year's carnival

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PREPARATIONS are underway as carnival mania hits Weston ahead of Monday's event.

Thousands of spectators will line the town’s streets to see the procession of brightly coloured floats travel on their route around the town.

Brian Coombs, the chairman of the Carnival Committee, said: “It’s coming together quite fast now. I think most of the work has already been done, but there’s still a lot to get ready.

“We’ve had some more donations now, we’ve had a lot more support coming in from hotels in the town, and we had a donation from the Hoteliers Association, and I’m still hopeful that there will be a few more.”

It has been estimated that almost 100,000 people have watched recent carnivals, with 111 floats currently entered for this year’s event, although there may be a few last minute entries.

The Weston carnival is the last of the ‘magnificent seven’ parades which take place across Somerset in November.

The carnival will take the same route as last year, with the procession of floats starting at Locking Road car park, before heading down Regent Street and turning left on the seafront before heading towards the Tropicana.

It will then proceed down Clarence Road North and Walliscote Road, before heading back to Station Road.

Head marshal Jan Matthews said: “There were a lot of people watching on Regent Street last year, so many that some people couldn’t see.

“This year it would be great to see more people watching on Walliscote Road as it really does provide a great view of the carnival procession.

“Also, we’re always looking for more marshals, so if anyone wants to marshal at this year’s event then they can contact me on 07798 878961.”

Roads used in the carnival will be closed from 6pm, with the exception of Beach Road, which will be closed from 4pm. Additional car parking will be available at Beach Lawn, at the cost of £5 per car.

Keep checking this website next week for carnival results, video footage and pictures.

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