Win­ter Car­ni­val will be a chance to Love Wokingham

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JAMES HAST­INGS

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Wokingham Win­ter Car­ni­val have ap­pealed for vol­un­teer stew­ards to help at this year’s event.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected for the first car­ni­val since the re­vamp of the town cen­tre.

As well as the spec­tac­u­lar pro­ces­sion and over 125 stalls, this year will also see a new Santa dash.

Or­gan­ised by the Wokingham li­ons, the event will take place be­fore the main pa­rade.

The theme of this year’s event is Love Wokingham and the fun starts at 11am and goes all the way through un­til 6pm.

Car­ni­val chair­man Philip Mirfin said he hoped more peo­ple would help out as stew­ards and there was also space for any­one wish­ing to take part in the pa­rade.

“This year’s car­ni­val prom­ises to be even bet­ter than those be­fore,” he ex­plained.

“The more stew­ards there are the bet­ter. Peo­ple in Wokingham love the car­ni­val and so many peo­ple give their time to help out in so many ways. If we could get some more stew­ards that would be won­der­ful.

“There is still time for groups want­ing to be in the pa­rade so please get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble.”

This year’s car­ni­val takes place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25.

Stalls from lo­cal groups and char­i­ties will be of­fer­ing a feast of fun from 11am, with the Santa dash start­ing at 4pm.

The pa­rade will fol­low shortly af­ter at Shute End and wind its way through the town.

And there will be sev­eral sur­prises for the first event since the re­gen­er­ated Mar­ket Place opened.

There prom­ises to be some­thing for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing fun fair rides, food, craft and char­ity stalls, a magic show, Punch and Judy, com­edy jug­glers, clowns, Mor­ris dancers and other spe­cial en­ter­tain­ers.

Santa will also be in his Grotto in the warmth of Wokingham Li­brary in Den­mark Street from 11amto- 3pm. Younger vis­i­tors are very wel­come to come and visit and share their Christ­mas present lists with him.

Any­one able to help as a ste­ward should con­tact Mr Mirfin by email­ing: chair­man@win­ter­car­ni­

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