CARNIVAL: 50 years of Carnival magic in Chard

CARNIVAL: 50 years of Carnival magic in Chard

THE countdown is on to this weekend’s Chard Carnival when the town centre streets will become a colourful and noisy cavalcade of fun.

This year’s Carnival is the 50th anniversary parade for Chard and organisers are keeping their fingers-crossed for good weather and a bumper procession on Saturday (October 14, 2017).

The annual Chard Children’s Carnival will kick things off on Saturday when the Carnivalites of the future will set off from Manor Court Primary School as usual at 12noon.

Things are a little different this year for the Children’s Carnival as it has a new route.

The procession will go along Crowshute Link, down the High Street and Fore Street and into Boden Street before finishing in the Lace Mill Car Park. This should take less than 45 minutes and roads will be closed at this time using a “Rolling Road Block.”

A Chard Carnival spokesman said: “The Carnival started in 1967, which means this year, is our 50th anniversary year and we have invited many Carnival queens and princesses from the last 50 years to join us on an open top bus in the parade.

“The Carnival has raised well over £100,000 for local charities and organisations, including Chard Christmas Lights, Children’s Hospice South West, Chard Hospital, Chard Rugby Club, Brownies, Scouts, local Carnival clubs, theatre clubs, and all the local schools.”

PHOTO - TOP: Chard Carnivalite, Andy Tizzard, at last weekend's Ilminster Carnival.