All the fun of Wokingham Winter Carnival coming this weekendBy Laura Herbert
November 20, 2012
A tank, a double decker bus and a steam engine are some of the floats that will parade through the town as part of Wokingham Winter Carnival.
The annual event will feature even more floats this year and thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the town centre for the procession.
The steam engine and a fire engine will head up the parade as it makes its way from Shute End around the town centre at 4pm.
Some of the groups taking part are Silwood Park Karate, Complete Childcare Ltd, Southfield School, Wokingham & Emmbrook Football Club, 1st Finchampstead Scout Group and Wokingham Youth Theatre.
Parade organiser Laurenne Dorgan said: “It’s coming together well and we have got some really good parade participants. It’s looking like it’s going to be fun.
“We have got more floats this year, but last year we really struggled and I have no idea why.
“The wet weather can really dampen people’s appetite for it, but we have had a good couple of years weather-wise.”
An array of lorries will decorated for the procession including one which will have an Olympic and Paralympic theme.
Float organiser Stan Hetherington is appealing for anyone who had a role as a Games Maker, ambassador or Torchbearer to take part in the parade.
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The procession will be followed by the traditional singing of carols around the Christmas tree in Market Place, where a huge selection of stalls will be selling festive gifts.
More than 110 pitches have been sold for the carnival on Sunday, November 25, which has attracted stallholders selling chocolates, jewellery, books, soaps and toys.
Richard Norton, stalls co-ordinator, said: “We have had a very good response from stallholders. Everyday I have two or three people calling to see if there are any cancellations for a pitch.”
The carnival takes place from 11am to 5.30pm.
For a full programme of events visit www.wintercarnival.org.uk.