Lewes Carnival moved to celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubiliee

MEMBERS of The Rotary Club of Lewes Castle have decided to move the date of the 2012 Lewes Carnival forward to Tuesday, June 5, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

This is an additional Bank Holiday and club members have also responded to a plea from the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr John Stockdale, for local organisations to meet his challenge of organising an event to celebrate the occasion.

This is only the second time in history that a British monarch will have reigned for six decades. So, appropriately, the theme of the carnival this summer will be ‘60 Glorious Years’.

This will be the seventh time that the carnival has been organised since its revival after disappearing from the Lewes calendar in the late 1970s, and it is hoped that many local clubs, societies, schools and businesses will support it by taking part in the fancy dress procession, having a stall on the showground at Malling Fields, advertising in the programme or taking part in an arena event.

For those unfamiliar with this event, the procession starts from County Hall at 12.30pm and the showground at Malling Fields opens at 2pm. There will be arena events, stalls, refreshments and a funfair.

Beneficiaries will include Lewes Victoria Hospital, The Oyster Project and The Nutty Wizard.

Anyone wishing to take part or help with sponsorship should contact Carnival Committee Chairman Jerry Noble on 01323 842714 (e-mail jnoble1030@btinternet.com).