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Truro Carnival team's keen for everyone to be involved

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

  • Five-year-old Mikey Wilton as a bee at last year's Truro Carnival.

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TRURO Carnival is back this year after a break, with plans for it to be bigger than ever.

The colourful event has been moved from its September slot to July 12 in the hope that every school in the city will take part before the end of term.

A skate jam, football match, dance contest, music, games and a competition in the West Briton for the best bits of the carnival all form part of the ambitious plans.

This year's theme is Rio Carnival, to tie in with the World Cup in Brazil.

Schools, organisations and businesses are already signed up, but organisers are keen to see as many people in Truro as possible embracing the occasion.

Committee chairman Clare Arymar said: "In recent years the carnival has been a little bit lacklustre and we've found it very difficult to get people involved.

"I'd like every school in Truro to get involved; we've changed the time of year to make it easier for schools. I'd also like to get a competition going between the pubs and bars; that would be fantastic.

"We're desperate to make it something really worth watching that makes people smile."

The procession will start and finish at Hendra, where Mount Hawke Skatepark is organising a jam with local bands playing, games and competitions for "everyone on wheels".

Ciaran Ryder, from Mount Hawke, said: "The skatepark is taking over Hendra. It's going to be an open jam, open to skateboarders, BMXers, scooters and rollerblades. Come and skate with your mates.

"The other side of it is to make Hendra a nice place to be and hang out on the day. There'll be games, a 5-a-side competition, a tug-of-war, a bar and street food and a carnival atmosphere."

Hayley Care, of H Dance Fitness, is also on the organising committee and will be doing workshops in schools to help teach kids a dance for the day.

There will also be a 'dance-off' between some of Cornwall's best-known dance groups.

After the carnival, photographs of the event will appear in the West Briton and readers will have a chance to vote on the best thing from the day.

The winner will be awarded the Clarice Mortensen-Fowler Trophy, in memory of the city stalwart who used to lead the carnival and died on New Year's Eve aged 97.

If you want to take part in the carnival, fill out the form on this page and send it off to the organising committee as soon as possible.

Those looking for more information or willing to give up their time to volunteer as stewards should visit the website at trurocarnival.org or the Facebook page Truro City Carnival.

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