Full samba band is booked for carnival
ORGANISERS of an annual Exmoor carnival expect this year's procession to be another success in the West Somerset events calendar this year.
The Bristol Samba Band and dancers performed at Dulverton carnival for the first time in 2011 and are set to return to the town on October 6.
Jan Ross, a carnival organiser, said their twilight performance was hugely appreciated by spectators last year.
"We understand that actually only half of the members of the band were able to attend last year," she said.
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"They then went back to Bristol and told the rest of the band that they had missed out on a fantastic event – they enjoyed the great atmosphere and the welcome given to them by everyone so, this year, the whole band is coming."
The band will lead the procession and organisers are also confident there will be a good number of floats this year.
"We have been able to provide a cash incentive to most of the floats as we realised that each one costs a great deal of money for construction costs and costumes," Jan said.
"We are grateful to Dulverton Town Council, which has given the committee a grant of £500 towards insurance and other costs involved in staging the event and also to Exton Parish Council for their grant.
"The event gives the chance for the whole southern Exmoor community to come together for a great evening of celebration."
Visitors and residents can enjoy a day out in the town as it will also be hosting the Dulverton Carnival Rural Craft Fayre in the Town Hall from 1pm to 9pm.
"We have a fantastic variety of craft producers exhibiting and selling their work", said organiser Sylvia Thwaites. "And with plenty of stalls to choose from it promises to be an exciting event. There are talented craftsmen working in metalwork, jewellery, woodwork, furniture, ceramics and textiles."
Dulverton Carnival is the only night-time carnival in West Somerset and organisers said they would be delighted to welcome floats and entries from Watchet and Porlock carnivals.