Help light up Midsomer Norton with carnival parade
Midsomer Norton and District Carnival Association says entry forms are coming in thick and fast as preparations are made for the town's annual winter carnival.
Music, dancing, comical costumes and floats covered in thousands of light bulbs will herald the arrival of an evening of entertainment when the streets are illuminated on Thursday, November 14.
The carnival association works hard throughout the year to plan a night to remember and expects to welcome floats and walking entries from individuals, groups and carnival clubs from across Somerset. They will make their way along a one-and-a-half-mile route lined by crowds.
The procession currently goes along Wells Road and Fosseway in Westfield but there is a plan to bring floats back along Midsomer Norton's High Street for the first time in more than 20 years in the future.
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Carnival association chairman Steve Collins admitted the steep hill climbs out of Radstock would make it impossible for the larger vehicles which make the world famous Somerset carnivals a sight to behold.
But long before the age of 100ft carnival floats, a procession did pass through Radstock. A cutting from 50 years ago shows 1963 Radstock Carnival queen Pauline Saviour and her attendants dressed up in their finery as they travel by horse and carriage.
Girls and boys will soon have the chance to become this year's Midsomer Norton carnival royalty at the selection dance held later next month. To find out more call secretary Hazel Franklin on 01761 415334.
Anyone with memories of carnival floats in Radstock or Midsomer Norton can share them with Somerset Guardian readers by calling us on 01761 417778 or email editor@somer setguardian.co.uk.