This live event has finished
- Thousands line streets for Wellington Carnival.
- Organisers hoping to raise more than £4,000 for charity.
- One arrested for public disorder offence.
#wellingtoncarnival well done to all that helped the carnival and to those who enjoyed the night. So far just 1 arrest for public disorder.— @Stubell9 28 September 2013
ROCKWELL Green, Mantle St, South St, North St and High St have re-opened.
Taunton Road from Priory Road to Cades Farm roundabout will remain closed allowing the dismantling of the floats.
THE carnival is nearing completion but people are continuing to dance outside the VIP trailer in Fore Street - the band is playing Faithless... they're loving it!
RISE of the Bugs.
PC Ian Dyer's last shift today as a Town Centre Beat Manager. He's spending it at Welly Carnival ! #overtimeking #madeadifference— @ASPTauntonTC 28 September 2013
WHEDDON Cross CC's entry, based on summertime.
#Wellington Carnival's in full swing & everyone's enjoying the fun. Even the rain's stayed away!#ProudToBeAPartOfIt http://t.co/AITsiTVWgd— @ASPWellington 28 September 2013
At #WellingtonCarnival tonight - Gemini Carnival Club enter the town centre. http://t.co/vCdlgYI8xr— @GazetteDMilli 28 September 2013
GEMINI Carnival Club.
we have landed in wellington .... a warm carnival this is not right— @Britishflagcc 28 September 2013
UNICORN Carnival Club's 'Time to Remember' poppy appeal entry.
WELLINGTON Art Association's entry.
THE Wellington Majorettes.
AND we're underway now on Fore Street.
FLOATS yet to reach town centre; running slightly behind schedule.
#wellingtoncarnival #keepingyousafe. Police briefing over, looking forward to an enjoyable and dry night. http://t.co/AYmiFwmCDg— @Stubell9 28 September 2013
THE procession is about to start.
THERE is a big police presence in the town centre.
Sgt Helen Boyd, pictured below, said: "We have a lot of officers out tonight.
"I hope everybody has a safe, enjoyable evening and the weather stays dry."
CROWDS starting to line Fore Street and High Street.
The band in the VIP trailer is in full swing.
TIVERTON Majorettes. Photo: Jeff Searle.
In the process of setting up the joint command for Wellington Carnival. So much work goes into 1 night, hope it stays dry #somersetafterdark— @Stubell9 28 September 2013
#somersetafterdark Wellington Carnival tonight 7.30pm, fingers crossed for dry weather :) stay safe and crime free.. http://t.co/arIhpgZTuV— @ASPWellington 28 September 2013
Good luck to everyone involved with #Wellington Carnival tonight - have a great time & may all your bulbs be lit! :-)— @theemmabritton 28 September 2013
SOUVENIR programmes and wristbands are on sale tonight.
Cash raised from merchandise and donations is given to local charities.
Carnival committee chairman Dave Rylatt said: “I 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 wrist band 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.”
THE carnival, which is the first on the South Somerset Federation circuit, starts at 7.30pm at Golden Hill Pet Supplies in Rockwell Green.
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 Skintight Samba Band will be performing outside the Barley Mow pub from the same time.
A band will also be entertaining crowds on the VIP trailer in Fore Street.
Several town centre roads are be closed - diversions are in place.
EXCITEMENT is building ahead of tonight's (September 28) Wellington Carnival.
Thousands of people will turn out for the illustrious procession, which starts at 7.30pm.
Reporter Michael Marsh will be on the street to provide updates, photos and videos.