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Llanfair heads back to the 80’s!

Created on 13/06/2019 @ 09:59
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Llanfair Caereinion is going back to the 1980’s this Saturday when the annual carnival brings the town out in a blaze of nostalgia and fun.

The event’s Back to the 80’s theme promises to be hugely popular on a day that has a host of entertainment with something for everyone.

Nicola Peate, Chair of the Carnival Committee, said: “We are really looking forward to a colourful carnival full of the fashions, TV characters, sports people, bands and singers of the 1980s.

“The choice of subject really seems to have inspired people. It is going to be another hard competition for our judges this year who are the current Miss Powys, Hayley Lawson, and local artists Linda Jane James and Paul Butler who currently offer art classes at Brooks Art near Berriew.”

Floats are to be at the Llanfair and Welshpool Light Railway station at 11.45am so that this year’s judges have plenty of time for their tricky task of picking the winning floats in the following categories: Most Comical; Best Adult; Best Children’s; and Best Holiday Park.

The Carnival Queen, Fiona Gittins-Coulson, and her eight attendants will be arriving in town by carriage on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, who have very kindly carried on a Carnival tradition that started in the 1930s.

The procession will leave Llanfair Railway station at 12.30pm with the Cambria Band leading the way. The fancy dress competitors will keep the beat by following on, then it will be the Carnival Queen and the other participating floats. Llanfair Caereinion’s resident Fire Engine completes the parade through the streets of the town.

The Fancy Dress judges are back by popular demand: Siony Rudd, from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn and Catrin Davies from Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng.

Categories are: Under 4's, Under 7's, Under 11s, over 12s, Adult and Best Dressed Pram. Competitors are to be at the Institute (upstairs hall) Llanfair Caereinion at 11:45pm.

The Carnival Queen will officially open Mount Field at 1.45pm.

The Main Ring entertainment and times are:

1:50pm – Cambrian Band

2pm – Cosmic Cheerleaders

2.15pm – Powys Dance

2:30pm – Presentation to Floats and Fancy Dress Winners

2:45pm – Non-Stop Kids Entertainment, Magic and Illusion Show

3:30pm – Cambrian band

3:45pm – Cosmic Cheerleaders

3:55pm – Grand Draw

4:30pm Children’s Races.

Kidz Corner will be available throughout the day with a sandpit, soft play, garden games and other toys all free of charge. Cheryl from Rush will be face painting for a small charge and there are lots of various stalls to suit all ages. Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children. Under four years are free.

Tractor Ted will also be a main attraction at the field.

The Carnival will also have a food court which will include Brawny Bakery, Kevin’s Burger Van, Ice Cream, Lucy’s Donuts and Sweet Treats.

The bars include a new Gin and Prosecco Bar, Tipsy Trailer and Hall and Smith Vintage Bar, serving beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks which are both hosted in converted horse boxes.

As there is limited parking, disabled parking spaces will be on the road outside of Mount Field. To pre-book a space, contact Sam on 07711 293196.

There are no dogs allowed on Mount Field.

“The Carnival Committee would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have kindly donated raffle prizes including the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Rayven Studios, Deri Dental Practice, May’d Beautiful, Pandy Butchers, Jo’s Hairdressers, Bank Antiques, Top Town Barbers, Llanfair Chip Shop, Freedom Leisure, D M Roberts, Llanfair British Legion, AW Coaches, Red Lion, Geraint Peate,” said a spokesperson.

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