Wellingborough is set for party weekend

Members of WACA taking part in Wellingborough Carnival in 2011
Members of WACA taking part in Wellingborough Carnival in 2011

Wellingborough’s party weekend will see the town transformed for the annual carnival parade and Party in the Park.

Organisers hope this year’s event will be the best yet after they were forced to cancel last year due to heavy rain.

The festivities will begin on Saturday, July 6, when schoolchildren, business staff, pub regulars and individuals and charities dress up to take part in the carnival parade from Broad Green at 1pm.

The parade will move down the High Street, along Church Street and then Market Street before turning onto Midland Road and round Castle Way before heading up Sheep Street and Silver Street.

It will then turn left into Oxford Street and head along Northampton Road before ending at Croyland Park at about 2.30pm. Town centre roads will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade.

For the first time participants will be able to donate any money they collect to a non-profit making organisation or registered charity of their choice, although they are asked to inform the carnival committee how much they have raised.

Carnival committee member Cliff Linnitt said: “We’ll have about 30 moving vehicles taking part, including the fire service and the Wellibus. We would urge people to come along and give as much money as they can to the local charities.”

The fun will continue on Sunday, July 7, with Party in the Park.

There will be live music at Croyland Park from midday to 6pm from acts, including a One Direction tribute band headlining the event.

People will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with members of Wellingborough Council, which hosts the event. There will also be free craft activities for children, a fun fair, a licensed bar, plenty of food and drink outlets, and lots of stalls.

Council leader Cllr Paul Bell said: “Our party weekend is always really special, and even more so this year after we had to cancel it last summer.

“Everyone makes such an effort in the carnival and the costumes are amazing. We hope the sun will shine this year and we’ll see lots of people lining the route and cheering on those taking part.

“Party in the Park is also a fantastic day out that really brings everyone together.

“I will be there, as will several of my colleagues, and if people want to take the opportunity to talk to us about issues that affect them then we are more than happy to see how we can help.”