All the fun of carnival

Sleaford Girls Brigade float. Photo: 8765mf EMN-150607-130545001
Sleaford Girls Brigade float. Photo: 8765mf EMN-150607-130545001

The revived Sleaford Carnival returns for a third year on Sunday with organisers predicting there will be even more to enjoy.

This year profits will be donated to St John Ambulance and Sleaford Community Larder.

Proceedings kick off early with the car boot sale from 9am. The dog show also starts at 9am, with classes including waggiest tail, dog most like owner, prettiest bitch, handsomest dog - £1 per entry to be paid on arrival. sThen there is the carnival fun run, which is free to enter, with runners gathering at 11.30am at the North Parade roundabout for a 11.55am start.

The 1.25 course will take runners over Galley Hill, along Northgate, Eastgate, Carre Street, Boston Road and into the Carnival Arena on the Recreation Ground.

The carnival parade will immediately follow the fun run from North Parade and the theme for this year’s floats is ‘Lincolnshire’. Roads will be closed from 11.30am until the parade has finished.

The winner of the vote to be the 2015 Carnival Queen to lead the parade is Sarah Durkin.

Sarah has been battling a rare form of incurable cancer. Aimee Turton said on her nomination: “She still manages to have a smile on her face every day and will help anyone out. She is now helping to raise awareness for Macmillan, she also carried on studying for her degree at university and graduates in September.

“All this while raising her son on her own. What an inspirational woman.”

Sarah said: “Thankyou all so much, as well as my gorgeous son, my friends and family keep me strong and make me want to fight harder to beat cancer and help others stay strong.”

Arena acts start at 11am, beginning with Sleaford Rugby Club ladies doing some teaching demonstrations allowing the public to have a go.

At 12.30pm will be the Angels Dance Squad, then at half hourly slots demonstrations by Sleaford Gymnastics Club, Go Dance, Nichola Holloway dance school, Allington Morris Dancers, Impact Gym, Cobra Elite and New Youth Theatre. Live music runs all afternoon from 12.45pm and into the evening, starting with Jan the Guitar Man, followed by Earlybirds, Glass Onion, Bows & Braces, The Rogues, Ellie Mae Robinson, Joseph G Sheldon, Henry Scott, finishing with Rachel’s Army.

There will be around 50 stalls and other entertainments. New for this year is a ‘show and shine’ car show.

The winner of the carnival’s Atomic Kick Ass Burger Challenge, run by Food to Go, will be the person who eats the most of their super hot burgers, at £4 each. Over 18s only and £1 from every burger goes to charity.