Carnival fun set for village

Ambergate Carnival.

Ambergate Carnival.

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Revellers will be heading to Ambergate next month – as the village hosts its 30th anniversary carnival.

This year’s event, on Saturday, July 9, will have an animal theme.

A procession of people in fancy dress will parade through the village at 1.30pm to the recreation ground, led by this year’s carnival royalty – king George Sutton and queen Amy Blackwell, who are pupils at Ambergate Primary School.

The official opening ceremony will take place on the recreation ground at 2pm by a Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike.

The afternoon will include a packed programme of family fun with activities, archery lessons and a climbing wall available.

Dance troupe Folk Friendzy will be performing and stalls will be on offer.

The event will also include a chance to get up close and personal with exotic animals such as racoons, meerkats, snakes lizards and creepy crawlies and a falconry display will be taking place.

Vice-chairman Kate Pierce said: “We are hoping for a good turn out and keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather on the day.”

In the run up to the carnival a family sports event will be taking place on Sunday, July 3, at the recreation ground from 2pm to 4pm.

On Thursday, July 7, a general knowledge quiz will be taking place at St Anne’s Church Hall, from 7.30pm.

Teams are invited to come along on the night.

Wine and beer will be served.