Carnival line-up announced in programme

Richard Sweeting holds the original Tadcaster Carnival Trophy which was presented to the Best Float from 1975-1989 and which was recently discovered in a box at Manor Farm Youth Centre - Photo by Wendy Binns
Richard Sweeting holds the original Tadcaster Carnival Trophy which was presented to the Best Float from 1975-1989 and which was recently discovered in a box at Manor Farm Youth Centre - Photo by Wendy Binns

People are being urged to buy a copy of the 32-page Tadcaster Carnival Programme for the event on July 19 and they could end up a winner.

With discount vouchers from local businesses, editorials and features on organisations in the town, this year’s programme also offers readers a chance to win a star prize – dinner for two and overnight accommodation at the 4-star Hazlewood Castle Hotel.

The committee has pulled out all the stops to make sure that the fourth annual Carnival has something for everyone - local musical talent on the Martin House Stage, Arena events, including a Falconry display, stalls,

Minster FM, Leeds Pipe Band and all the fun of the fair.

“Most of the people on the Committee have the fondest memories of Tadcaster Carnival from years gone by and to see wonderful new memories created each year makes all the hard work totally worthwhile,” said committee member Kirsty Perkins.

“In fact, this year there is a feature in the programme where Richard Sweeting looks back at the History of the Carnival and echoes my sentiments entirely with his thoughts about its success and why we must keep it going for future generations to come. Some exciting news this year too is the discovery of the Trophy which was presented to the winners of the Best Float between 1975-1989 and which was found recently in a box at Manor Farm Youth Centre.

“We will now be able to present the trophy to this year’s winning float and have it engraved with the winners of the Carnival since it was reintroduced in 2012.

“It is not too late to register your interest in having a float and you don’t have to be a business, why not get your whole street involved. Please contact me at kposkitt@hotmail.com and we are always looking for willing volunteers to help.”

Carnival day will start in traditional style with the parade, which leaves Ripon Farm Services at noon, processing through Tadcaster and ending at Magnets Sports and Social Club.

At 1pm there will be the presentation of prizes to the Best Float and also to the 2015 Carnival Cover Competition and Poster winners, Jessica Rooke from Tadcaster East School and Laura Gaines of Tadcaster Grammar School. The girls will each receive a monetary prize from Nick Devine of Devine Meats who has sponsored that competition this year.

Bars will remain open and food will be served until late and the day’s event will conclude with a grand Firework Display, rounding off a perfect day in spectacular style.

Pre-purchased programmes at £2 each will admit a family of up to four people to the Carnival on the gate, but on the day entrance is £1 per person. Programmes are available from local businesses and outlets in the town, including Bridge Street News, the Chocolate Box on Kirkgate, Ward’s Butchers, Calcaria Carpets, Allen’s, Devine Meats, The Granary and Magnets Sports & Social Club and they will also be sold during the Parade on the day.

Don’t miss out on this year’s Tadcaster Carnival. Put the date in your diary now and pick up your programme today – you will definitely be a winner with all this year’s event has to offer.