Carnival time

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Organisers of the town’s annual event are hoping to attract over 3,000 visitors on Sunday to enjoy the colourful spectacle which has a theme of Countries of the World.

A spokesman said: “We hope this year to make it even bigger and louder than last year.”

A parade of decorated floats and other organisations such as the Scouts, Leeds Pipe Band and the Sam Smiths Shire Horses, will leave Lawtons on York Road at noon to make its way to the Magnet Sports Field.

Other attractions include a fun fair, stalls, live music, food and drink, bringing the carnival to a close at 11pm.

Tadcaster and Rural Community Interest Company are also hosting an Art Festival at the Riley Smith Hall on August 1 and 2, from 11am-3pm. The event has been sponsored by Persimmon Homes and is being supported by local galleries, Gallery 42 and Aberford Interiors. They are providing paintings and exhibits from local artists.

Spokesman David Gluck for Tadcaster RIC said: “The initial drive of the festival was to exhibit Tadcaster Grammar Schools A level students work, with sponsorship from Persimmons Homes we have been able to offer local artists, amateurs and professionals a place to exhibit and sell their art.

“Also we have invited local crafters to come and sell their work at the event. We have had a great deal of interest but still have stalls available so we would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved - stalls and pitches are free, but we do need hear by July 17 at the latest.

“They need to send Name, address, telephone number, email and brief description of goods to sell to or Tadcaster and Rural Community Interest Company, Tadcaster Business Centre, 4-6 Bridge Street, Tadcaster. LS24 9AL.

The primary schools are also getting involved providing the art work of their pupils in exciting art installations designed by an amateur local artist.

The children of St Joseph’s are busy drawing self portraits which will come together to create The Face of Our School. Riverside are cutting out hands and making wishes to create a colourful piece of art entitled A Handful of Wishes and Tadcaster East are creating drawings of their homes to build a large work of art called Our House in Tadcaster.

“All in all we expect both events be fun community events for everyone to enjoy.”

Kenya meets Australia at Tadcaster Carnival - Angela Rooke (left) of Richard Rooke Ltd will be representing Australia, while children from Tadcaster East School are all dressed as animals of Kenya, from left Lelaina Perkins, Evan Kirby, Alanah Hill (standing), Hollie Gaddas, Isaac Eades, Evie Gaddas, Lewie Perkins and Jessica Rooke. Picture by Wendy Binns.