Carnival gets set to be a scorching success

Kenilworth Carnival
Kenilworth Carnival

Floats and fun are on the way to town as Kenilworth’s youngsters gets into the carnival spirit for the return of a summer celebration.

The popular and long-running town carnival will return for its 83rd year on Saturday with promises of a bigger and better fair, a day of packed events and new queen to oversee the day.

The 16-year-old Carnival Queen, Imogen Sillito-Tooth will lead the procession from Brays car park at 1pm before an array of charity floats head up High Street to Bridge Street, along Waverley Road and St John’s Street before heading back to Abbey Fields.

Entertainment will run through the afternoon in the fields, including cheerleaders, music, martial arts and stalls from 2pm with the raffle draw later in the afternoon.

Organisers are counting down to what is hoped will be another success, just years after the carnival’s future was unknown due to a drop in funds and support.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to thank everyone who has helped us get to this point. Two years ago we were unsure if the carnival would be able to continue, but with the amazing support of businesses and residents from the town it is now flourishing.”

Event chairman, Anne Brough said things will also have a special twist as the committee gets ready to wave a final farewell to carnival president, Mark Higgerson who will now step back from the committee after 40 years.

Anne said: “We are very sad to say goodbye to our president who has so loyally served the committee for an incredible 40 years.

“Hopefully everyone will cheer even louder this year to give Mark a rousing farewell by way of thanks for all his hard work.”

Prizes for best floats will be made ahead of the procession by Ms Brough and town mayor, Cllr Michael Coker.

The raffle and collections on the day will go towards the charitable, Kenilworth Carnival Comforts Fund which helps people in need across the town with food vouchers and financial assistance.

Visit here for the full entertainment line up and timings.