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Diss Carnival host has the 'perfect moustache'




Paul Preston Mills has been lauded by everyone from John Peel to Wayne Hemingway
Paul Preston Mills has been lauded by everyone from John Peel to Wayne Hemingway

Diss will be in carnival mood on Sunday.

Thousands are expected to arrive for the carnival, which this year has a theme of Pre-Diss-Toric.

The carnival and parade will feature everything from cavemen, to dinosaurs, the Flinstones and prehistoric animals.

Suffolk based actor and entertainer Paul Preston Mills will host the carnival, supported by Diss' own Park Radio, who will be live broadcasting throughout the day.

Mr Mills has years of experience in touring, working open-air, improvisation, devising, puppetry, comedy and pub theatre.

Lauded by the late John Peel, fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and National Theatre producer Angus MacKechnie for his talents, Mr Mills is an international street theatre performer and founding member of The Ukulele Elves.

According to carnival organisers, he also has the perfect moustache.

"Paul will be hosting in the main arena, engaging with the crowds, announcing main arena acts and dedicated thank you's and shout outs," said carnival committee member, Kimberley Jaynes.

"We’re very excited to have him on board this year as a brand new host."

Mr Mills recent credits include the Berlin Burlesque Festival, The International Stockholm Burlesque Festival, Montreal Burlesque Festival, Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, Boomtown Fair, Lockstock, Neon Moon, No Strings Burlesque and Cabaret Club and Bo Nanafafa Social Club.

Image: Photo Elite/Dennis Cross
Image: Photo Elite/Dennis Cross

More than 50 stalls will be at this year’s Diss Carnival.

The carnival procession, with more than 30 floats and walking groups, will leave Diss High School on Sunday at 12.30pm, before making its way along Walcot Road, Mount Street, around the Morrisons roundabout and on to Park Road, in time for the fun day in the park.

The lead car in the procession will be driven by Tony Gillings, in her late father Peter Gillings’ Bentley.

Shops have been busy decorating their windows with a prehistoric theme.

You can read all the latest news about dinosaurs in the front window of the Diss Express office on Mere Street
You can read all the latest news about dinosaurs in the front window of the Diss Express office on Mere Street

Tesco and Morrisons have lifted their three-hour parking restrictions.

De Lucy House Care Home has also provided this year’s carnival king and queen from amongst its residents. Barbara and Gordon had a special pamper afternoon at Katie’s Kitchen on Thursday to get ready for the big day.

Have fun!



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