North Walsham

Town urged to join saved carnival parade

Just Regional
Apr 26, 2024 2 mins read

A rallying call has gone out for people to join in North Walsham’s Funday weekend parade after it was almost scrapped for this summer.
Rocketing traffic management costs for the event in June were in danger of seeing the procession cancelled. But resourceful organisers have shopped around and found a more affordable operator for the traffic marshalling, which means the parade will happen after all, on Saturday, June 29.
Funday chairman Colin Jeary said: “We had a quote for £4,500 for the traffic management which is much higher than last year – which is a large chunk of the total four-day Funday budget of around £10,000.
“Thankfully we have found another traffic management company who can do the planning, rolling roadblocks, and marshalling much cheaper, so the parade is on.
“Now we need clubs, families, dance groups, marching bands, and businesses to join the procession – either walking or riding on floats.”
The parade leaves the industrial estate at 5pm on the day before wending its way through town to the Memorial Park. It is one of the highlights of the Funday weekend, which opens with a funfair at 6pm on Thursday, June 27, and runs through to the Sunday.
Friday night features a drag show in the marquee and the annual 5k road race around town. Saturday has a car boot sale, a motorbike show – with riders joining the parade – dog show (which has moved from its usual Sunday spot), and free children’s entertainment in the marquee, which also hosts an evening of live rock bands.
Sunday’s programme includes dog agility, arena events including the Rockets youth motorbike display team, live music, classic cars and stalls.
The weekend is paid for through sponsorship, bucket collections and stall fees, with any proceeds being ploughed back into the following year’s event. The main sponsors this year are the town Community Shop, Toll Barn Vets and Guild Health Care.
The organising committee is keen to recruit more volunteers to help organise and man the weekend. Anyone interested – or wanting to join the parade – should email Colin Jeary at jeabol@ aol.com

ON PARADE: One of the floats involved in last year’s Fun Day procession. Picture: JOHN NEWSTEAD

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