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Dinosaur theme promising monster fun at Diss Carnival

PUBLISHED: 12:04 24 May 2019

Diss getting into the dinosaur spirit ahead of the prehistoric themed carnival on June 9. Picture: Diss Carnival

Diss getting into the dinosaur spirit ahead of the prehistoric themed carnival on June 9. Picture: Diss Carnival

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The countdown is on to a time when dinosaurs will rule if not the Earth then at least the streets of Diss at the annual carnival.

The parade will again be the highlight of Diss carnival which takes place on June 9. Picture: Denise BradleyThe parade will again be the highlight of Diss carnival which takes place on June 9. Picture: Denise Bradley

Final preparations are underway for the hugely popular annual community day on June 9 which this year has a fun pun-laden Stone Age theme of Pre-Diss-Toric — so expect plenty of dinosaur and cavemen themed costumes.

The town is already getting in the spirit with window decorations, dinosaur eggs displays and some dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes stalking the streets.

Diss getting into the dinosaur spirit ahead of the prehistoric themed carnival on June 9. Picture: Diss CarnivalDiss getting into the dinosaur spirit ahead of the prehistoric themed carnival on June 9. Picture: Diss Carnival

Meanwhile it has been announced that amongst the main arena events this year will be the Natural History Museum's travelling museum the UK's largest travelling collection of fossils and dinosaur replicas including an animatronic T-Rex.

While creatures of a less extinct kind will be on display with Bryan Paterson and his qualified team bring wildlife displays including a wide variety of animals.

Norfolk flint master and prehistoric survival expert Will Lord will be at Diss carnival. Picture: Will LordNorfolk flint master and prehistoric survival expert Will Lord will be at Diss carnival. Picture: Will Lord

Also harking back to prehistory will be world renowned flint master and prehistoric survival expert Will Lord, who grew up on the English Heritage site of Grimes Graves, the prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk, where his parents were custodians for many years.

Other main arena events will include the Rodeo Bull and Pole Joust making their return having been last seen in 2017, the Taiko Drummers, Vibe City Brass Band and the Fun Dog Show.

Diinosaurs and dino eggs feature in many of the entries in the Diss Carnival window dressing competition. Pictures: Simon ParkinDiinosaurs and dino eggs feature in many of the entries in the Diss Carnival window dressing competition. Pictures: Simon Parkin

Highlight of the day is the procession that starts from Diss High School at 12.30pm and travels down Mount Street and Market Place to Mere Street before heading to Diss Park where festivities will be hosted by Park Radio.

Co-op Funeralcare will be filling their rainbow-coloured hearse with balloons for the parade and if you can guess the number of balloons, you could win afternoon tea with processcco for two. All monies raised from this competition will be going to Pete Gillings' favoured charities, in his memory.

An animatronic T-Rex will stalk the street as part of the prehisoric themed Diss Carnival. Picture: Diss CarnivaAn animatronic T-Rex will stalk the street as part of the prehisoric themed Diss Carnival. Picture: Diss Carniva

The procession will include the Carnival King and Queen.

Claire Keen, vice-chairman of Diss Carnival Committee, said: "We're really pleased with the huge interest this year, we have more stalls than last year, and we have an increase in the number of parade entries too.

"The number of shops entering into the window-dressing competition has also increased on last year, and now they're decorating their windows and the bunting is up, it feels like there is an excitement about the town!"

Prior to the event a car boot sale will take place on Sunday, June 2, at Diss Park (7am start, £5 per pitch) with all proceeds going to carnival fund. You will also be able to buy tickets for the Win A Barrow of Booze competition.

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