Carnival spirit hits Ipswich

A TASTE of Rio hit Ipswich when community groups got together to start working towards the town's first carnival in years.The sights and sounds of the carnival city hit the Corn Exchange as youngsters and adults alike played percussion instruments, and made huge willow heads all in preparation for the carnival on July 12.

By Victoria Knowles

A TASTE of Rio hit Ipswich when community groups got together to start working towards the town's first carnival in years.

The sights and sounds of the carnival city hit the Corn Exchange as youngsters and adults alike played percussion instruments, and made huge willow heads all in preparation for the carnival on July 12.

Blue King is the co-ordinator for the carnival days, which are free, and said it is a great chance for people to get involved in their community.


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She said: "It has been about three years since Ipswich had a carnival and I thought it would be great to bring it back. I got in contact with some freelance artists and they were really excited about starting it up.

"These preparation days are a chance for people to come along and realise they do not have to be in the audience and can actually help.

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"It was a fantastic day and I just hope the rest are as successful."

The community day was funded by the community chest from the People in the Centre of Ipswich and Ipswich Borough Council has given over the use of the Grand Hall for all the preparation.

The next day is to be held at the Corn Exchange on April 14 and the carnival itself will take place on July 12.

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