Get set for all the fun of seafront carnival

There will be a Victorian theme this year
There will be a Victorian theme this year

Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival takes place this weekend along the town’s seafront.

The procession will start at 4pm from the Holywell end of the seafront and make its way down to Princes Park for approximately 5.15pm.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route to watch the procession which has attracted almost 200 entries.

They include businesses, charities and organisations, marching bands, drumming bands and individual walkers.

The Lions Club of Eastbourne, Bishop Bell Samba Band, Bespoke Cycle Group, Skateworld, Eastbourne Heritage Buses, Kingsmere Community Association, Families for Autism, Haulaway Skips, Eastbourne Hospitality Association and St Wilfrid’s Hospice are just some of those taking part.

Bucket collectors will be walking the route too with half the money collected going to charity and the other half going to keeping the carnival going in years to come.

Leading the procession will be Eastbourne’s mayor Janet Coles, carnival queen 18-year-old Natasha Bellham-Occardi and carnival princess Ellie Blackford, who is six.

They were chosen after a search for carnival royalty run by the Eastbourne Herald.

Pageant master Dave Cooper, who organises the event, said, “This year’s carnival promises to be the best ever.

“We are looking forward to a fun filled afternoon and hope everybody enjoys themselves whether they are taking part or watching at the roadside.”

Several road closures are in place from around 1pm on Saturday to make way for entrants lining up and the route itself will be closed from early afternoon and only open to emergency vehicles.

The seafront road King Edward’s Parade from Bolsover Road to South Cliff will be closed from 1pm and entrants will form up between 1pm and 3pm. At 3.15pm the floats will be judged and rosettes awarded.

Roads leading up to the seafront will be open but there will be no access on to the seafront. Volunteer marshals will be manning road closures and diverting traffic.

For carnival photos visit www.eastbourneherald.co.uk

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