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Carnival plans have begun for 2002

PUBLISHED: 19:37 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

IT may be nine months away, but plans for next year's Felixstowe Carnival are already under way.

This summer's extravaganza was hailed as one of the best ever and the organisers want to make sure the 2002 one is even better.

IT may be nine months away, but plans for next year's Felixstowe Carnival are already under way.

This summer's extravaganza was hailed as one of the best ever and the organisers want to make sure the 2002 one is even better.

The Felixstowe Carnival Association's annual meeting was told that next year's big day will be on Saturday August 10, and the next step is to decide on its theme.

Children all over the town are being asked to help with this – and a competition has been organised for under-12s to come up with an idea for a theme and to depict it in a picture, with the winner to be featured on the front page of the carnival programme.

Carnival secretary Richard Stewart said local schools had been invited to take part and a number of entries had already been received. The winner will be announced in February.

"The response from the local schools has been very positive and the committee felt that it would be a nice idea to ask the younger element of the community to get involved with what is their carnival," he said.

Entries do not have to come from schools, and entry forms are available from Marshall Warren Estate Agents in Hamilton Road. Closing date is January 31.

At the annual meeting, more than £1,000 raised by this year's carnival celebrations was presented to local good causes.

Cruse Bereavement Care and FACTS, the dial-a-ride community transport service for the housebound, each received £350, St John Ambulance £250, and the Police Special Constabulary £50. The carnival is also helping with the cost of the labour for the refurbishment of the Red Cross Centre after it was attacked by vandals.

The new committee was also elected: chairman, Peter Nunn; secretary Richard Stewart; treasurer/royalty, Caroline Darby; Michelle Scott; Jim Wearne; Les Arbon; Martin Hine; Bob Knights; and Zoe Lemmon.

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