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All you need to know about Sunday’s Diss Carnival

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Carnival - Carnival procession through the town centre ANL-140617-132420009
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Carnival - Carnival procession through the town centre ANL-140617-132420009

There are just two more sleeps until Diss’ biggest civic event in the calendar, with organisers primed and ready to make this year’s town Carnival the biggest and best yet.

Dads will also note that Sunday’s Diss Carnival has usually been held on Father’s Day, but not this year, so there is no need to worry about diary clashes.

To get everyone in the Carnival spirit there will be dancing in Diss Market Place from noon, with a Zumba dance act so far confirmed.

Then from 12.45pm the Carnival procession will make its way from Old High Road, along Market Hill, into Market Place and Mere Street and then back up Denmark Street.

This year’s theme is Pot Luck, with floats encouraged to use their imagination when coming up with a motif.

Leading the way for the first time will be the Carnival mascot Dinsdale, the fluffy duck character created by Diss Express Mere Quacks cartoonist Mike Webb.

The normally two-dimensional duck will be brought to life by professional mascot makers Frenzy Creative.

There will be temporary road closures during the procession.

Doreen Collins, Carnival co-ordinator, said: “We’ve put in place the final preparations and are now ready for Carnival Sunday.

“Organisers have once again put in a huge amount of effort to make this year’s Carnival possible, and it is thanks to the countless volunteer hours that this event is able to happen.

“We’ve got a mix of tried and tested favourite features as well as some new and exciting entertainment at the Fun Day which we hope will offer something for all the family.

“We’re really impressed with how the Dinsdale mascot has turned out so we think it will give the parade an extra lift as well.

“This is an event for the people of Diss and its surrounds and I would love to see as many people there as possible.”

Returning as a popular feature from 2014 is the flypast of the legendary Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is expected to take place at 2.10pm during the Carnival Fun Day.

Starting at 2pm, the Fun Day takes place at Diss Town Football Club, in Brewers Green Lane.

A new feature this year is the team from Ironheads, which take elements of medieval combat, sci-fi and fantasy and turn it into a thrilling game for people to try out.

Spider Mountain will offer a unique climbing challenge, quite different to the climbing wall that usually features, while there will be entertainment for little ones with Bazza Bizarre and Adam Strange.

There will be food, refreshments and lots of stalls from various businesses and producers as well as other entertainment.

Park Radio will keep visitors informed of the afternoon’s events.

Entry to the fun day is adults £3.50, children aged 12-16 £1, and under 12s free.

All events are subject to change, and you can find more information or any last minute details on the Diss Carnival website: www.diss-carnival.co.uk.

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