Carnival lined up for town

Olympic torch bearers Fergus Roberts, top left, and Marc Scott, top right, join members of the AJ Academy Performing Arts to launch Northallerton Carnival 2012. (S)
Olympic torch bearers Fergus Roberts, top left, and Marc Scott, top right, join members of the AJ Academy Performing Arts to launch Northallerton Carnival 2012. (S)

AN action-packed Northallerton Carnival is on its way this summer with a range of new events planned

The celebrations take place on Sunday, July 8, from noon, and will see the performing arts well-represented on the stage throughout the afternoon with A J Performing Arts, Allerton Players, belly dancers, zumba, bokwa, clowns and cheerleaders all taking part. Stilt walkers will also be present mingling with the crowds.

Carnival chairman John Forrest said: “This year’s event promises to be bigger, better and more colourful than ever whilst continuing the support that the carnival gives to our local charities.

“We have something for everyone, with the emphasis firmly on fun. It’s also a wonderful fundraiser for good causes.”

One of the events being held on the day is a ‘Mini Olympics’ sprint relay featuring teams from Northallerton College and the Allertonshire School who will be passing the baton less than three weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in London.

Supported by Northallerton Mowbray Rotary Club, students will form age-graded teams based on countries represented at the Olympics.

New this year is a fancy dress competition themed on Queen Elizabeth, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee year, and Prince Phillip.

Organisers say they are looking forward to seeing the Royal couples on the day and everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun.

– Stall places are still available for locally-based charities. For more details, contact Kay on 01609 770423.