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Diss Carnival hailed a 'roaring' success

PUBLISHED: 09:56 13 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:25 13 June 2019

Kids meet a T-Rex thanks to Dino Hire at Diss carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

Kids meet a T-Rex thanks to Dino Hire at Diss carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

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Organisers of Diss Carnival, which saw thousands line the streets and drew large crowds, have hailed it a 'roaring' success.

Scenes from Diss Carnival, 2019  Picture: Chris BishopScenes from Diss Carnival, 2019 Picture: Chris Bishop

The prehistoric - or Pre-Diss-Toric - themed event saw the procession boast lots of colourful floats, characters and dinosaurs as it paraded through the town's streets. And there was lots more dinosaur and Stone Age fun and activities throughout the day in Diss Park.

The parade was judged by Diss Mayor Sonia Browne, Matthew Conway of Dipple & Conway, and Jim Bidwell, this year's Diss Honoured Citizen.

Scenes from Diss Carnival, 2019  Picture: Chris BishopScenes from Diss Carnival, 2019 Picture: Chris Bishop

Roydon Primary School was named the Best Community Float, the Best Walking Group were the Twilights Twirlers Majorettes. And the new award in memory of the late Peter Gillings, most flamboyant entry, went to The Garden Project who scooped the PG Cup.

Meanwhile in the Window Dressing Competition Diss Pie & Mash Shop was awarded first place, with Diss Publishing second, and Spire Solicitors third. Feline Care won the best charity shop window display.

Scenes from Diss Carnival, 2019  Picture: Chris BishopScenes from Diss Carnival, 2019 Picture: Chris Bishop

A spokesman for Diss Town Council said: "Carnival Day is a day where all residents and visitors of Diss come together to enjoy their lovely town and its residents.

"Everyone involved really embraced the 'prehistoric theme' ensuring the parade was very colourful and entertaining."

Diss Carnival Committee 2019: Sonya French, Kimberley Jaynes, Sue Kiddie, Natalie Thornton-Jones, Sonia Browne, Ruth Ward and Claire Keen. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival CommitteeDiss Carnival Committee 2019: Sonya French, Kimberley Jaynes, Sue Kiddie, Natalie Thornton-Jones, Sonia Browne, Ruth Ward and Claire Keen. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

The council gave special thanks to the carnival committee, (Natalie Thornton-Jones, Claire Keen, Ruth Ward, Sue Kiddie, Kimberley Jaynes, Councillor/Mayor Sonia Browne), and the volunteers who helped throughout the day to make this event a big success.

It said: "The carnival would not be the great event that it is without the hard work and determination of the committee and volunteers bringing the carnival to life ensuring that the residents and visitors of Diss have a really special day. Thank you!"

Taiko Drummers at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival CommitteeTaiko Drummers at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

If you are interested in being a carnival member or to be a friend of the carnival for next year contact the carnival committee via the Facebook page @DissCarnival, online www.diss.gov.uk or by phone 01379 643848.

Paul Preston Mills main arena host at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival CommitteePaul Preston Mills main arena host at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

The Jungle Body with Amy B at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival CommitteeThe Jungle Body with Amy B at Diss Carnival. Picture: Kimberley Jaynes/Diss Carnival Committee

Scenes from Diss Carnival, 2019  Picture: Chris BishopScenes from Diss Carnival, 2019 Picture: Chris Bishop

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