Potters Bar Carnival 2018 theme and date announced

PUBLISHED: 12:49 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 04 January 2018

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page.

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page.

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Potters Bar Carnival organisers are gearing up for this year’s big day and there is a new twist to the traditional princess roles.

The Carnival Princess, Ellie Beacham and her two Maids of Honour, identical twins Felicity and Lucille Willey. The Carnival Princess, Ellie Beacham and her two Maids of Honour, identical twins Felicity and Lucille Willey.

Potters Bar Carnival will take place at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, Mutton Lane, on Sunday June 10 from noon.

This year’s theme will tie in with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and so organisers ask that stalls and procession floats are decorated appropriately.

In response to feedback on the princess competition, the committee has also decided to make the competition more inclusive by renaming it Carnival Young VIPs.

Unlike previous years, boys will also be invited to enter the competition.

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page. Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page.

Carnival treasurer Sue Weaver told the Potters Bar Edition: “We’re not going to do the carnival princesses this year because we had complaints with people asking ‘why aren’t you asking the boys to do it?’.

“We have had quite a few people on Facebook and people phoning up saying ‘you’re not including the boys’.

“We have decided this year that we will give Young VIPs a try.

“It’s a lovely opportunity for both boys and girls to get involved.

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page. Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page.

“Hopefully, weather permitting, this year’s carnival will be even bigger and better.”

In March, entry forms will be published in this paper Young VIPs.

All they will have to do is fill out the form and send it with their photograph to the Welwyn Hatfield Times (Potters Bar Edition) together with a few short lines about themselves.

A shortlist of entries will published thereafter.

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page. Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Potters Bar carnival procession. Picture: Melissa Page.

On carnival day, there will be a jam-packed afternoon in the arena.

Potters Bar band, The Hertfordshire Showband will be playing.

There will also be pony rides, the ever popular children’s fair with a giant bouncy slide, Punch and Judy and many other attractions.

In addition, the carnival is organising an under 9s football competition with the final taking place on carnival day.

The ever popular Schools Art Exhibition will be in Elm Court Gym featuring children’s art from the local schools.

As usual there will stalls manned by organisations from the town and surroundings.

These include children’s games, gardening, bric-a-brac and food stalls selling hot food, cakes, beer, coffee and sandwiches.

A carnival spokesman added: “As per previous years we are having to steward the procession ourselves as the police are unable to do this.”

•If you would like to help steward the procession please contact Terry Jones on 07507 646714 or e-mail him on terry.jones2@sky.com.

•To apply for a grant or if you want to take part in the carnival, either by having a stall or in the procession ring Sue or Peter on 01707 850147 or go to pottersbarcarnival.co.uk for booking forms.

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