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Alton Carnival caps Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

Jun ’12
4:00 pm
Jun ’12
5:00 pm
Jun ’12
10:00 am

Alton Town Council logoA revival of Alton’s Carnival, last held in the mid 1990s, will be the highlight of a packed program of events being planned to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Alton.

While many organisations and societies in the town are holding their own events to celebrate the Royal Milestone, the town’s Diamond Jubilee Event Working Party, made up of Town Councillors and representatives from various groups has been planning a series of major events to ensure that Alton lives up to its tradition of celebrating Jubilees in a big way.

The program so far centres on a concert of community choirs and bands in the Public Gardens on the evening of Saturday the 2 June, a carnival on Sunday the 3, live music in the Market Square on the 4 June followed by a beacon being lit to complement the National Chain of Beacons.

Councillor Kevin Stevens, who chairs the Working Party said: “We are all very excited about how the program is looking.  The carnival is generating a lot of excitement, particularly amongst those who recall previous carnivals.  I remember them well, and they certainly were events that everyone obviously enjoyed and remember fondly. 

“The main reason that we opted for the carnival, was that it is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, whether to participate or just watch; it will be a great way for the whole town to come together.”

The carnival is planned to leave The Butts at 5pm on Sunday 3 June and go straight up Butts Road, High Street, Normandy Street and Anstey Road before finishing in Anstey Park, where there will be a funfair and the evening will finish with a Firework display at 10pm. 

It will be lead by the Horndean Band, followed by the Carnival Queen and her attendants, who are set to be crowned following a competition being kindly co-ordinated by the Alton Herald.

The theme Sixty Glorious Years is intended to give plenty of scope for entrants and although floats will be very welcome, entries of all shapes and sizes are being encouraged. 

Cllr Stevens continued: “The categories are very broad so all entries will be judged. We don’t mind if you enter a pushchair, wheelbarrow, bicycle or shopping trolley, you will be most welcome so please enter!!”

Carnival Entry Forms are available to download from www.alton.gov.uk or from the Town Hall and Assembly Rooms and two workshops are being held at the Assembly Rooms in on the 12 and 20 May to help entrants with ideas for masks and costumes.

Costing just £1 per person, they are designed to help anyone who is struggling to make that head-turning outfit! Visit www.assemblyrooms.com

The Town Council, which is leading on the Carnival has already received offers from two local companies with vehicles that they are happy to make available as floats. 

If anyone else is able to assist, please let the Town Hall know admin@alton.gov.uk so that if anyone does require a suitable vehicle, then they can put would-be float builders in touch.

Groups organising their own events are reminded to let the Town Hall know also, so that details can be included in a full program of all public events to be distributed across the town in the run-up to the big weekend.

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Information about this event

Saturday 2nd June 2012
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: 10:00 am

Saturday - Alton Public Gardens Sunday - Alton High Street Monday - Market Square

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