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“It was a great day of Diss getting together and having fun” Diss Carnival hailed as a success

PUBLISHED: 17:08 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 11 June 2018

The Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A carnival which saw thousands of people line the streets of a south Norfolk Market town to watch colourful floats parade through the streets has been hailed as success by those involved.

The Merryfields Playschool team enjoying a bath in the Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Merryfields Playschool team enjoying a bath in the Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The mayor of Diss, Trevor Wenman has described Diss Carnival which took place on Sunday, June 10, as ‘a great day of Diss getting together and having a fun’.

Mr Wenman was speaking following the event which saw a procession of imaginative ‘water wonderland’ themed floats travel through the town decked out with everything from fish to mermaids, pirates, jelly fish and more. Mr Wenman, who joined the procession accompanied by Dinsdale the town mascot said: “It was a great day, everybody I spoke to said they had really enjoyed themselves, the crowd seemed larger than last year and it all seemed to go really well.

“I think each carnival gets better because we have always learning and the people who are organising it are building on what has gone before it was probably the best carnival yet, everything seemed to work and go to plan.”

Adding that the day was more than just an event and more about the whole community coming together Mr Wenman said: “There was a very good atmosphere in the town and the park, the weather was great as well. It was an awful lot of hard work and obviously I’m really proud of the town council involvement, but it wouldn’t have happened without some very hard work from a lot of people.”

Pirates spray water on the watching crowds in the Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPirates spray water on the watching crowds in the Diss Carnival parade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Members of the Enjoy Diss Facebook group have also been keen to mention their highlights from the day, Sharon Everett said: “Being part of Merryfields Playschool and winning the best float competition. So proud of the children yesterday, all of them just three and four years old.”

Whilst Brigitte Hewson who was unable to make the event herself but enjoyed the coverage on Facebook said: “I couldn’t be there but felt was there in heart. The floats were great.”

Valerie Keen added; “Great Carnival bringing local people together.”

Compering the event and providing carnival goers with up to date information on the day’s events Chris Moyse from Park Radio said: “When you consider the number of events, the town now stages I think the big point for me, it that it shows that when the community comes together and works together it can really pull off really amazing events for everyone.”

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