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COLYTON: It’s carnival time!

Thursday, 04 September 2014

THE biggest and most anticipated week in the Colyton calendar will kick off on Saturday with the crowning of carnival royalty. Colyton Carnival Week gets underway this Saturday (September 6th) with a coffee morning and table top sale from 10am to 12noon in the town hall, organised by St John Ambulance, followed by the crowning of this year’s royal party at 3pm, also in the town hall. A new addition to this year’s programme - a children’s fancy dress competition and parade - will be held after the crowning. Children are asked to meet at Colyton Primary School at 2.30pm for a parade to the town hall. There is no theme and chas prizes will be up for grabs in classes of four and under, five to eight years and eight-plus years. Cream teas will be on offer in the town hall after the parade. Other events throughout the week will include a car treasure hunt organised by the Nunsford Nutters Carnival Club on Sunday; a homemade cake stall organised by Colyton Caterpillars Monday, followed by a quiz night organised by Colyton Football Club; a concert with Ottery St Mary Silver Band on Wednesday; a bingo night on Thursday and carnival whist drive on Friday. On Tuesday evening, Colyton Theatre Group will present its one-night -only production “Showtime” with tickets available in advance at The Little Shop. Events on carnival day (Saturday, September 13th) will include an art and craft show, ploughman’s lunches, afternoon teas and the popular carnival market in the Dolphine Street car park from 1.30pm. Furniture will also be on sale in the Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre and a free shuttle bus will run between the two venues. The week will culminate with the grand carnival procession on Saturday evening, setting off at 8pm following judging at 7pm. Carnival week will close with an open air songs of praise service on the grounds of St Andrew;s Church on Sunday, Spetember 14th at 2.30pm, followed by the drawing of the grand raffle. Events running throughout the week ill include a shop window competition and a colouring compeititon. Full details of all events are available in the carnival programme, available at several local outlets for 50 pence.

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