Budleigh carnival organisers look out for more volunteers as event returns to town

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 September 2017

Mike Hillier,Julie Meredith, of Budleigh Carnival, at the Budleigh Lions annual sea front fayre. Ref exb 35 17TI 0188. Picture: Terry Ife

Mike Hillier,Julie Meredith, of Budleigh Carnival, at the Budleigh Lions annual sea front fayre. Ref exb 35 17TI 0188. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh carnival organisers are looking for people to become stewards, donation bucket holders or enter the event, on Saturday, September 30.

Organisers gearing up for the return of Budleigh Salterton’s carnival are asking for more volunteers.

After an absence of more than 20 years, the carnival will return and preparations are nearly complete ahead of the event on Saturday, September 30.

The Budleigh Carnival committee is now looking for residents to come forward and help out on the big day.

Committee member Julie Meredith said: “Things are going very well so far but we could do with extra help.

“We’re very short of marshals and we need people to do collections for us.”

She added that they are also looking for entries into the carnival procession, itself.

“We would like to hear from anyone looking to enter the carnival, said Julie.

“Anyone can enter either a walker or with a float – anything they like.”

Festivities will begin on the Friday (September 29) night when Budleigh Lions Club will hold a special bingo night at the football club, in Greenway Lane – eyes down at 7.30pm.

The procession will begin at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 30, from Stoneborough Lane, following a route on to East Budleigh Road heading towards Coastguard Hill and then coming through the centre of town.

It will then go up Station Road, past the Public Hall and The Green, before returning to the start point.

Before the procession begins there will be range of entertainment including a juggler, Les the Pirate giving balloons to children and a performance from the Budleigh’s own ukulele players from around 6.30pm.

There will also be two barbecues, one at the procession start/finish and another in the town centre, as well as carnival street food and chocolate soup.

St Peter’s Primary School will be providing popcorn.

BayFM will also be at the carnival along with Exmouth Town Crier Roger Bourgein.

A post carnival karaoke party event will be held at the Dog and Donkey, in Knowle Village after the procession finishes.

Julie added: “It will be wonderful for the town and if it goes well this year it could become an annual event.

Anyone wanting to get involved with the carnival should ring Julie on 01395 442067 or email budleighcarnival@outlook.com

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