Carnival to return in time for 2012 Olympics

January 29, 2012 by  

A local carnival that has been absent from the Norfolk area for five years is set to make a welcome return in honour of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Swaffham carnival was a much-loved event that was a regular part of the events calendar in the region. The carnival was originally run by the local rugby team, the Swaffham Lions, but the team stopped putting the event on after the 2006 carnival in order to be able to host one-off events instead. The carnival is now being hosted by a community group called Advance Swaffham, who will be responsible for promoting and organising the event, including creating promotional posters, banners and flyers by enlisting the help of local print shops.

Nearby Kings Lynn residents are likely to be in attendance at the carnival as word travels around the region that the carnival is back. Advance Swaffham’s chairman, Dennis Tallon, spoke to Lynn News about getting local people involved in the event, saying:

“We are inviting all clubs and societies in Swaffham to take part in a walking parade, with each of them nominated as a country. They will carry a pole showing the country they represent and be dressed in Olympic costume. We will parade from the centre of town to Campingland, where all the clubs and societies will be able to have a stall around the perimeter.”

Tallon added:

“The carnival may become an annual event again. It depends on how well it goes this year.”

The carnival takes place on 15th July in Swaffham.