Carnival Royalty – It could be you…

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CarnivalIn order to bring Carnival into the heart of the community, the plan this year is to re-launch the traditional idea of Carnival Royalty to represent towns and parishes across the Somer Valley. The first heat will take place this coming Friday 18th September at Peasedown St John’s Beacon Hall between 7pm and 8pm.

Entry to the competition to become Carnival Queen, King, Prince and Princess for Peasedown St John for the next 12 months is free. Just come along on Friday evening to the Beacon Hall and there will be two age entry categories 5-9 years and 10-18 years. On arrival, entrants will be asked to complete a form (with a parent/guardian if under 16) and will be given a number to be called up and answer three questions relating to why they would make a good member of Carnival Royalty for Peasedown St John. A panel of judges will select the four winners and at the end of the evening these will be announced.

“Our idea is that there will be a series of heats following the one in Peasedown St John – so far venues and dates are confirmed for Radstock and Westfield which will then select a Carnival Queen, King, Prince and Princess. All the town and parish winners will then enter a Grand Final at Midsome
r Norton Town Hall to determine the Carnival Royalty for 2015 who will travel in the glass coach at the head of the procession on the night of Monday 16th November 2015. The runners up from each area will travel in cars as part of the procession”, said Hazel Franklin of the Midsomer Norton & District Carnival Association.

The next heat will be to select Radstock Carnival with an event being hosted by the Victoria Hall on Friday 25th September at 6.30pm and which is open to anyone who lives in the Parish of Radstock.

The Carnival Royalty programme is just one part of plan’s to create a bigger and better event than ever before in 2015. Following the successful return of Carnival to Midsomer Norton High Street in 2014, this year’s event will be based on a much shorter route. It will start in Charlton Road, go down Silver Street, up the High Street and end in Radstock Road. Already entries have been pouring in from prestigious county carnival clubs, eager to give their backing to Midsomer Norton Carnival.

This year Midsomer Norton & District Carnival Association whilst still organising the event overall, is receiving much welcomed support from the Midsomer Norton Carnival Partnership led by the Community Trust. Running High Events are managing operational planning and logistics and Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary are spear heading a sponsorship and promotional campaign to raise funding for the event. The organisers are appealing for volunteers to help. Marshals are needed to line the route, Sellers for the Souvenir Programme, as well as Collectors to gather money from the crowds on the night and then count to give to good causes. If you can help, please contact Hazel Franklin 07595 470883.

Whilst Carnival is a great night out for the whole family to enjoy, it also raises a huge amount for local good causes. Last year the event raised £7,498.64 and the aim this year is to double this amount.

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