Get ready for Hailsham Carnival!

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FINAL preparations are in full swing for an all-singing all-dancing Hailsham Carnival and Lark In The Park festival on June 18.

Organised by the Lark in the Park Charitable Trust in partnership with Hailsham Town Council, the event, incorporating a ‘colour’ theme this year, promises to be an action-packed affair with fun and activities guaranteed and for people of all ages.

The carnival procession departs from Ropemaker Park at 2pm, and will parade through South Road, Summerheath Road, London Road and Hailsham High Street, before moving on to the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields, where the Town Mayor will officially open the Lark In The Park Fun Day. A rolling road closure will take place along the procession route.

Diversions on offer at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields include entertainment from such acts as the Heathfield Silver Band, Pentacle Drummers, Little Gem Dance Academy and the Sussex School of Dance. There will be various stallholders on the day selling cakes, books, bric-a-brac, country crafts and more.

There will also be a funfair open until late, and a Floral Arrangement Show will be held at the adjoining Maurice Thornton Pavilion.

This year’s Royal Court, Carnival Queen Toni Sefton and Princesses Robyn Teague and Amelia Light, will meet with members of the public at the Fun Day.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor said carnival-goers could expect ‘100 percent fun and satisfaction’ at the event.

He said: “The carnival has been very enthusiastically received since it was revived a few years ago, and is a safe and excellent event to bring your family and friends along to, packed with attractions wrapped around the theme of ‘colour’.

“Final preparations are going well and I sincerely hope that the carnival committee will continue with its good work in future years and other volunteers will come forward to help them. As we all know, these things do not just happen; it takes considerable time and effort to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day.”

The Lark In The Park charitable trust is also organising a Fun Day at Seaside Recreation Ground in Eastbourne on June 25. For more information, contact Steve Reynolds on 01323 417118 or visit www.larkintheparkcharity .org.uk.