Sudbury carnival is set to return on Sunday after a break of nearly 20 years, bringing colour, glamour and a more than 60 baton twirling majorettes back onto the town’s streets.
The carnival starts at 12.30pm with a procession parading around the town before returning to the Delphi Sports ground to continue providing fun and entertainment for everyone until 8pm.
More than 15 processioners will be led by the majorettes reunion band and troupe.
This is a group of 60 ex-majorettes who used to take part in the carnival alongside a marching band in the 1970s and 1980s.
Since then, the group have reunited and have been practising twirling their batons and beating their drums, perfecting their routine for the 2014 event.
“We’re so excited the carnival has come back to Sudbury,” said Sabby Pettitt a member of the majorette reunion band. “We have been practising hard, three to four times a week.
“There used to be three different majorette groups – Great Cornard and Sudbury’s Marching Band and Troop, the Suffolk Royals and the Mauve Thorns. This is the very first time all three will be marching together. We all love performing with the troupe. It will be an honour to take part.”
As part of their carnival reunion, the majorettes will be “marching to beat cancer”, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
Sudbury’s Cancer Research shop, on Market Hill, is acting as a donation station on the day.
A very special guest will be Augustus, the seven-year-old horse that played the young Joey in the Speilberg film, War Horse. Based in Sudbury, at AB Film Horses, Augustus
is owned and trained by Andy Butcher, along with his other horses who all have very active film/TV careers.
Not only will Augustus be in the actual carnival parade, he will be doing a short meet and greet at Delphi after the event where fans of the film can come and take photos and ask his groom questions about his role in the film.
Other members of the carnival procession will include another troupe “The Diamond Lites”, as well as the Sudbury Carnival Queen and Princess float, various vehicles and hundreds of people dressed up in their finery.
The procession will start in Alexandra Road, continuing along Newton Road and making a loop round the town, before returning to Alexandra Road and finishing at The Delphi Sports ground.
The venue will be providing food and drinks from the club bar, as well as traditional burger and ice cream vans.
There will be a bouncy castle, donkey rides, a tombola and a variety of kids’ games and a craft fair on the day.
Sudbury town councillor Jack Owen said: “We’re all very excited about the Sudbury Carnival coming back to our town. We hope it is received with the same excitement and enthusiasm as it has been in the past.”