High hopes for a great day

PUBLISHED: 16:01 20 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

CARNIVAL queen Gemma Hope's hopes and those of everyone else are as high as Trimley High Road that the crowds will flock to the two villages tomorrow to make their big day the best-ever.

CARNIVAL queen Gemma Hope's hopes and those of everyone else are as high as Trimley High Road that the crowds will flock to the two villages tomorrow to make their big day the best-ever.

Months of preparation have gone into the event, the biggest day in the community's calendar.

"We are all praying that the weather will be good because so much effort has gone into this and it would be such a shame if a wet day ruined it," said carnival chairman David Cawdron.

"The committee has tried to put together a real family carnival – and we hope that people of all ages will find plenty to see and do.

"The parade looks as if it will be one of the best we have had and there is a variety of entertainment on the field."

The cavalcade of floats, bands, majorettes and entertainers will set off from Faulkeners Way at 2pm.

It will make its way along the High Road, linking Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin, as it heads for the Trimley sports and social club.

There will then be displays by majorette troupes, martial arts experts of the Ho Wang Kung Fu Academy – including the new UK San Shou champion Brent Rose from Felixstowe – and music from the Ipswich Caribbean Steel Band.

There will also be games, a barbecue, refreshments, a funfair, magician Captain Geffini, a great balloon race, a car boot sale and table-top stalls, children's entertainment, and displays from the fire service and coastguard.

Special guest for the day will be Ipswich Town and England legend Kevin Beattie, who will be helping to man The Evening Star's stand.

It will be a big day, too, for Trimley carnival queen Gemma, 17, and her princesses Racheal Miller and Emma Rushbrooke, both aged 11.

Gemma, who works for Fred. Olsen Travel, Racheal, a pupil at Trimley St Mary primary, and Emma, a pupil at Trimley St Martin primary, have been eagerly looking forward to the event – but in the meantime have been making a big impression atother carnivals.

They won the cups for best queen and royal court at Walton, Great Bentley, and Hadleigh carnivals.

The girls this year also have a refurbished eye-catching float to grace in the processions.

Mr Cawdron and committee members Paul Brown and Derek Hargreaves spent more than 350 hours giving it a total makeover to make it palatial and fit for royalty and safe for the girls.

They were helped by Paul's wife, Christine, who did the cushions and fabrics.

Mr Cawdron thanked Sean's Upholstery, Alan Manning of Falkenham, Rob and Sue Wicks from Bounty Fisheries, shield- maker Labelcraft, EB Carpets and builders' merchants Travis Perkins, for their help with the project, and John Banks Honda for a vehicle loan to tow the float.

n Stalls and car boot pitches can be booked on the day. The cost is £5 per pitch. You must be on on-field by 1pm.

n Anyone able to help on the day as a steward should call 0781 045 6609.

n People in Faulkeners Way are asked not to park on the road tomorrow morning until after the procession is over.

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