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Get set for carnival fever

Carnival fever is set to hit Helmdon over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The theme for the event is School Days. All activities will take place on the Sports Field, Wappenham Road, Helmdon.

The entertainment kicks off at 7.30pm on Saturday, August 23, with Northampton band Accrington Stanley playing live and there is to be a children's disco. Tickets are £6 which can be bought on the night or in advance from the Bell public house.

On Sunday, August 24, between 2-4pm The Porterhouse Jazz group is playing. Tickets for this are £2.50.

The carnival itself is on Monday, August 25.

The floats and procession assemble at the village school around 1pm for judging by Alice Hearne, who was 100 this year and is opening the carnival.

The procession is being led by the Army Cadets Band from Banbury and joining them will be the Towcester majorettes, Royal Oak Morris Dancers from Eydon, vintage tractors and a huge tank, courtesy of Nick Mead. The carnival officially opens at 2pm.

Events in the main ring will take place between 2pm-4pm with performances from the Army Cadet band, Majorettes, a tug of war, Martial Arts display and Morris Dancers.

At around 4pm Skydivers from Hinton Airfield will be parachuting in. Other attractions will include a variety of stalls, fairground rides, ponyrides, and a Punch & Judy show.

Refreshments are being provided by the Friends of Helmdon Church, along with a barbecue.

The Brackley Post - 15th August 2003

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