America comes to Doddington

Doddington carnival
Doddington carnival

The colours of America will fly through a Fenland village next weekend when it holds its popular annual carnival.

American entertainment is the theme for this year’s spectacular Doddington Carnival and Sports event which takes place on Saturday, July 4, when the United States celebrates Independence Day.

This year’s event promises a whole host of fun for all the family, with a wacky homemade cart race in the soapbox competition, a climbing wall and host of sports, as well as the usual summer festival attractions.

The fun starts at the newly-opened Three Tuns pub with a fancy dress competition at 9.30am, followed by a float judging at 10am and the traditional parade from 10.30am.

The July 4th-inspired procession will include several floats from local groups and organisations including the Lionel Walden School, the brownies, scouts, the Ladies that Lunch and the Mad Mums and Chums groups, and many more.

Float themes include everything from New York City and a tribute to Gone With The Wind to Hollywood and The Wild West.

The procession, headed by the newly-crowned Carnival Prince and Princess, Charlie Alger and Hope Crook, will also include local musician Bondy, military vehicles, the Dance and Twirl group and a few other American-inspired artists and entertainers.

The event’s sports afternoon will start at 1.30pm at the Benwick Road recreation field, with lots of races for all the family. Entry is £1 per adult and children go free.

Discover Your Mojo will also be there with a host of inflatables and the afternoon will include the soapbox competition and race.

There will also be a barbecue, stalls and a display arena where local groups will show off their skills.

Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Doddington Carnival and Sports committee, said: “There is a big concentration on sports this year and hopefully children will be able to come down and try something new.

“There will be a nine-metre climbing wall as well as our big new ‘sporting experience’ to have a go at. It should be a fantastic weekend for all the family. We’re really looking forward to it.”

As usual there will be the village scarecrow competition, shop window competition and carnival poster competition being held at the Lionel Walden School next week in the run-up to carnival day.

The Carnival Prince and Princess were chosen for the prestigious role at a recent Prince and Princess disco.

Charlie moved to the village a short while ago, while Hope is the niece of Paralympian gold medallist Jonnie Peacock.

The crown and tiara have been sponsored by Andrew Costall from Doddington Post Office Stores and the princess dress has been designed and made free of charge by local wedding dress designer, Ramani Vaheesan.

Anyone wanting to enter a float in the procession can email the committee at: dvsc@mail.com or contact Mr Shepherd on 07980 795398.

You can also message the committee’s Facebook page @doddingtoncarnivalandsports, where you can also keep up to date with all the latest carnival news.