20th Jul, 2019

Shirley Carnival promises to be 'biggest and best yet'

Editorial Correspondent 10th Jul, 2019 Updated: 10th Jul, 2019

SHIRLEY Carnival promises to be the ‘biggest and best yet’.

Organisers say there will be fun for all the family at this year’s Shirley Lions Carnival in Shirley Park on Saturday (July 13).

The event promises a host of arena and audience participation events planned for Shirley residents.

Carnival chairman Colin Buckley explained: “Over the 35 years the Lions have been organising the carnival it’s become an increasingly important event on the community’s calendar and the Lions were always keen to promote local talent by giving them the opportunity to perform at the carnival.”

Mr Buckley went on to say that there would be a wide variety of performances catering for all tastes.

The event will be opened by the new president of Shirley Lions, Martin Conlon, and will be followed by displays from the Shirley Band, the Misselchalke Gun Dogs, Hi Bri Dance Academy and JDC Dance Vibe.

And traditional Punch and Judy will be getting up to their tricks.

Youngsters can also get lost in the Amazing Colour Maze, ride round on the Go Karts and go on the various fairground type rides.

Mr Buckley added the carnival always has two objectives – to provide family fun and to raise money for charity.

“This year we have made a change from raising funds for one large national charity to spreading the proceeds between a number of small local charities and it is hoped that the public of Shirley will turn up in their thousands to support these worthwhile causes,” he said.

Gates open at midday with the programme of events commencing at 12.15pm.

Admission prices are held once again at £2 for adults and free for children under the age of 10.

Unfortunately, there are no further stall plots available as every available space has already been taken.

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