Carnival fever on way to villages

Felixstowe>VINTAGE cars will lead the parade as Trimley Carnival unites two villages in celebration on Saturday .

VINTAGE cars will lead the parade as Trimley Carnival unites two villages in celebration on Saturday .

Around 25 old vehicles will lead off the procession as it makes its way from Trimley St Mary to Trimley St Martin for an afternoon of family fun.

The cavalcade with its theme of Transport and Travel sets off from Faulkeners Way at 2.30pm - slightly later than in previous years to avoid a bride getting trapped in the church while the parade passes - and it looks like being one of the largest ever.

Carnival chairman John Sills said: “It should be a really good parade.

“As well as the vintage cars, we have around 25 entries including eight major floats and several smaller ones.

“We hope lots of people will turn out to see it and really enjoy it.”

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Six majorette troupes and two visiting carnivals queens - Brightlingsea and Felixstowe - will also join the parade.

Sadly, for the second successive year, Trimley has not got a Royal court of its own.

The problem has not been the lack of girls, but the lack of carnival organisers to take the queen and her princesses and their float to the other events around the region.

“There are just three of us organising the carnival at the moment and it would mean eight weekends out of the summer to take the queen around the area and with all the organising of the main event we just cannot manage it,” said Mr Sills.

“We really do need more people to help us organise the carnival - people often ring us up afterwards and say they would like to join us but they never turn up to meetings.

“We want to keep it going because it is a special community event and brings everyone together, and also raises money for good causes.”

Attractions on the field at the Trimley Sports and Social Club in High Road, Trimley St Martin, will include a fairground, classic car display, karate demonstration, a disco, barbecue, and more.

If you would like more information about getting involved in the running of the carnival, please ring John Sills on 01394 210721.

Tell us what you think of this year's Trimley Carnival. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail

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