Budleigh Carnival is back - committee holding meet and greet

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 July 2017

Budleigh Carnival Club at Exmouth Carnival 2015. Ref exe 1832-42-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Carnival Club at Exmouth Carnival 2015. Ref exe 1832-42-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Residents are being invited to meet the committee of the rivied Budleigh Salterton Carnvial at the Public Hall, on Thursday, July 20, from 6pm.

More details have emerged about the Budleigh Salterton Carnival which is set to make its return later this year.

After a gap of more than 20 years, Budleigh’s carnival procession returns, following the same route as its predecessor.

At 7pm on Saturday, September 30, the procession will set off from Upper Stoneborough Lane, making its way down along East Budleigh Road and turning at Coastguard Hill for the High Street.

The procession will then turn onto Station Road before heading back to Upper Stoneborough Lane.

Julie Meredith, who sits on the Budleigh Salterton Carnival committee, said: “It will be good for the town. We’re doing our best to make it as good as we can.”

The committee will be holding a meet and greet event on Thursday (July 20) night to answer any questions residents may have about the carnival.

They are also looking for people to take part in the procession from individual or paired walking entries to fully motorised floats.

Several carnival clubs from the East Devon Circuit, including Budleigh’s, have also been confirmed for the event, including Sid Vale’s.

If this year’s pilot return takes off, organisers hope to get a permanent position on the East Devon Circuit. This would mean that carnival clubs from across the region would take part in Budleigh’s parade every year.

As part of the event, Budleigh’s ukulele band will be performing and there will be a juggler and a balloon modeller for the children.

Julie said that BayFM will be at the carnival and a special bingo is being held the night before at the football club, in Greenway Lane, to raise funds for the carnival.

Tracy Shiel, who is also on the carnival committee, added: “An enthusiastic team has been formed, funding is going well and we are looking forward to a successful first carnival.

“We are very excited at the revival of the Budleigh Carnival.”

The meet and greet is being held in the town council chambers, at the Public Hall, Station Road, from 6pm.

• For more information on how to get involved ring Julie Meredith on 01395 442067.

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