Corby all set for big weekend

Corby Carnival is on Saturday, July 12, and the parade will be one the biggest ever with 40 floats, walking entries, carnival courts and organisations taking part.

Corby Carnival is on Saturday, July 12, and the parade will be one the biggest ever with 40 floats, walking entries, carnival courts and organisations taking part.

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Corby is set for a big weekend of family fun and entertainment at the town’s annual carnival and Highland Gathering.

The carnival is on Saturday, July 12, and the parade will be one the biggest ever with 40 floats, walking entries, carnival courts and organisations taking part.

Floats will line up in Oldlands Roads at 11.30am and judges will pick the winners of categories including best float, best children’s float and best fancy dress.

It will set off at 1pm, led by the Grampian Pipe Band, along Sower Leys Road, Gainsborough Road, Oakley Road, Elizabeth Street and into West Glebe Park.

Attractions there will include pony rides, a living history display by the Vikings of Mercia, crazy golf, quad bikes and a host of stalls.

Terri Meechan, vice-chairman of the carnival committee, said: “People have been working on the carnival floats for months, especially the youngsters, and it would be great if people turned out to cheer the parade along the route and show their appreciation.

“The parade this year will be one of, if not the biggest.”

This year 20 guests from Corby’s German twin town of Velbert will be visiting the town to join the festivities.

Corby’s carnival court, including the queen Amber Howard, senior princess Lana Perry, junior carnival queen, Nakita Ritchie and junior princess Angel Cowan will be joined by the UK carnival court with Savannah Streather from the town, its junior princess.

Courts from Wellingborough, Kettering, Newport Pagnell, Nuneaton, Irchester and Irthlingborough will also be taking part.

At the Highland Gathering on Sunday, July 13, there will be a dance tribute to Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

It is 30 years since the pair wowed the world with their gold medal Bolero routine at the Sarajevo winter Olympics.

To learn the steps on video and take part on the day go to www.dance4.co.uk.