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Carnival season gets started in Wellington
6:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Devon
BRIGHT lights will shine across Wellington this weekend when the town’s illustrious carnival takes centre stage.
Thousands of people will line the streets as the South Somerset Federation circuit kicks off on Saturday, and organisers are hoping for YOUR support.
Carnival committee chairman Dave Rylatt said: “Me and the rest of the organisers have been busying ourselves with the final preparations and watching the weather forecast on a daily basis.
“This year we’re selling a number of wristbands and souvenir programmes, which are already available in a number of retail outlets throughout the town and will be available on the night.
“All we ask is for everyone watching the carnival to buy a wristband or a souvenir programme to help with the amount of money raised.
“After running costs are deducted all the money raised gets distributed to local groups and charities, and our aim is to beat the £4,000 distributed last year.”
Around 50 entries are expected to take part in the parade, ranging from large 100ft illuminated floats to individual walkers.
Wellington Silver Band will be performing outside the old post office from 7pm and the SkintightSamba Band willbe performing outside the Barley Mow pub from the same time.
A band will also be entertaining crowds on the VIP trailer in Fore Street.
The procession starts outside Golden Hill Pet Supplies in Exeter Road, Rockwell Green, at 7.30pm and takes around 90 minutes to pass through Wellington.
Road closures will be enforced from 2pm when the far end of Exeter Road is closed between Perry Elm Roundabout and Bagley Road.
Dave said: “We’re still looking for help with the collection or selling of programmes and wristbands, which can take place during the day in the main high street or in the evening alongside the procession.
“Half the collection will be donated back to a charity or organisation of the collector’s choice.”
Any group, school or organisation willing to help should contact wellington firstname.lastname@example.org
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