Flower power and dads in stocks for 30th Tonbridge Carnival
by Andy Tong | 13th June 2019
TONBRIDGE will come together to celebrate its 30th annual carnival and fête this Sunday June 16, which this year has the theme of ‘flower power’.
And because the event coincides with Father’s Day, there will be an opportunity to ‘soak your Dad in the stocks’.
The festivities will begin with the town's Bacchus Wind Orchestra playing at the Watergate by the Big Bridge from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
The carnival procession will assemble outside the Angel Centre and will include bands, walking groups, floats and majorettes.
This year it will also feature a number of iconic Minis made by the British Motor Corporation to celebrate their 60th anniversary.
The parade will leave Sainsbury’s front car park at 12.15pm and move up the High Street as far as Bank Street.
After the procession there will be a display on Cannon Lawn by the Nepalese Dancers.
The fête begins at 1pm on Castle Lawn and along Castle Walk, providing an array of activities throughout the afternoon.
There will a variety of entertainment in the arena including songs from The Palms Trio and dance displays by the Stage Coach Theatre School, the Cannon School of Irish Dancing and the Showtime Theatre School.
The 17th Scout and Guide Band will perform a marching display and Bloco Fogo will close the proceedings with their percussion.
There will also be a children’s magician, Punch and Judy show and a Kiddies Corner.
The carnival is organised annually by Tonbridge Lions Club, whose wives will be providing cream teas as usual, with the support of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.
This year’s main sponsors are West Kent College and Cooper Mini Tunbridge Wells.
Proceeds from the day will go towards local charities and those in need or disadvantaged in the local community.