There is no more significant event in Diss’ calendar than the long-running Carnival — now just days away from its annual takeover of the town streets.
In keeping with the grandeur of the occasion, this Sunday’s Diss Carnival will follow a widely-recognised theme of ‘Celebrating the Queen’s 90 years’, to mark the monarch’s birthday earlier this year.
The preparations have been going well and everything is in place as much as we can
Doreen Collins, in her final year as Carnival Co-ordinator before retirement, told the Diss Express: “We are really keen for it to be a big success.
“The preparations have been going well and everything is in place as much as we can.
“We are only charging £1 entry for the Fun Day, as a bit of a thank you. We have been supported well over the years.”
As per tradition, festivities will kick off with music and dancing in the Market Place, this time with the LK School of Dance, at 11.45am.
The street parade will then set off at 12.45pm, led by the Smokehouse Blue Jazz Band.
Proceeding along its usual route through Roydon Road, Market Hill, Mere Street, Park Road and Denmark Street, with floats and walking groups representing a royal theme or a major event within the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II.
Finally, the Carnival will move to its regular home of Diss Town Football Club in Brewers Green Lane for the Fun Day, beginning at 2pm, with a £1 entry for adults and no charge for anyone under 16.
Hosted by Park Radio, a full line-up of music acts is set to perform during the afternoon, including the Norwich Samba Band, Hendrix tribute band Purple Jimi, The Revelation Brothers double act, and local soloist Joe Aitken.
The Fun Day will also feature a variety of entertainers old and new, such as magician Sean Goodman, Jowal the football juggler and Bazza Bizarre, as well as activities like the Rollapaluza cycle challenge and the Highline Adventure Spider Web Mountain.
For additional information about Diss Carnival 2016, to learn how to get involved or to find out about volunteering, visit the Carnival website at www.diss-carnival.co.uk