Organisers put finishing touches on Wymondham Carnival ahead of its return after 20 years
07:00 24 July 2014
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Organisers of a popular south Norfolk carnival are busy putting the finishing touches to the event ahead of its return this weekend.
Town gets into spirit
A handful of businesses will be trading on Saturday - but it won’t stop them from getting involved with the carnival atmosphere.
•Although staff at Marolas hairdressers, on Fairland Street, will be busy with the scissors, they have organised a theme day with Clements CC and Sons.
Mary Ford, owner, said: “We are all going to dress as beach babes and get into the theme. The carnival doesn’t pass us but it won’t stop us from getting involved.
“We will be selling sweets and encouraging people to come down.”
•Jarrold’s, on Middleton Street, have had a seaside mural painted on thier windows by a local arist. The mural is on display now and will be linked with a competition for youngsters to win a Playmobil Remote Control Pirate Ship.
•The Lemon Tree Cafe, on Damgate Street, will provide a place to sit, recharge and have something to eat - just metres away from the main festivities. They are open until 6pm.
The Wymondham Carnival will make its comeback to the historic market town on Saturday, July 26, after more than 20 years.
The event, which this year has a Wymondham on Sea theme, was a firm favourite in the town’s calendar, and members of the Wymondham Business Group hope to restore the busy event to its former glory.
Dianne Fernee, member of the group and town deputy mayor, said: “It’s going well - we had great support when the carnival queen was crowned and we hope to have the same support from the town.
“Everyone has worked really hard.”
Judges face difficult decision
A panel of judges faced the unenviable task of crowning both the Wymondham’s Got Talent winner and this year’s carnival queen last weekend.
More than 60 future stars auditioned for the talent show, with judges whittling the entrants down to the final 12.
But just one triumphed - a decision which will be shrouded in secrecy until this weekend’s carnival.
Paleontologist and natural historian Wednesday Bachelor, who lives on Elise Way, was chosen to don the prestigious carnival queen tiara.
She will join the main procession through Wymondham on Saturday.
The procession will begin at 3pm from Back Lane, and will wind its way through the town’s streets to the market square.
A stage will be set up to host the 12 finalists of Wymondham’s Got Talent - where the lucky winner will be crowned and presented with their £500 cheque.
Donkey rides, ice-creams and buskers will transport visitors from the market town to a traditional seaside one, with cstalls and eateries lining the streets.
The event is sponsored by Waitrose, Fosters Solicitors, Wymondham High Academy and KSD Aossicates.
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