THE organisers of the Trowbridge Carnival have said residents can expect a more exciting event this year as they have made some changes to freshen up the procession on Saturday.

For the last 11 months members of the carnival committee have been hard at work organising the event, which includes an illuminated procession through the town’s streets from 7pm, complete with floats, masqueraders, bands and dance groups.

Usually carnival royalty is chosen for the procession but for 2017 residents have nominated their favourite unsung superhero and heroine. These will then get to ride in the big red bus from the town and the surrounding areas.

That, along with a greater emphasis on local groups will give the procession a more interesting feel to it, says carnival committee member Maryrose Mantle.

“We have made a couple of tweaks this year but I think it will make it more exciting and spectacular,” she said.

“The entries for the procession are still flooding in, and we have asked people to bring in wheeled props, such as wheelie bins, trailers, wheelbarrows, scooters and all sorts.

“It has been a long slog but the preparations are going really well.

“We are calling on people to come out in force, preferably without using their car, and cheer the parade along and be involved as well.

“There have been so many entries for heroes and heroines which has been lovely. It is important to sing the praises of those unsung heroes. I have seen some of the floats and they look amazing, we are very excited.

“We have a lot of volunteers to help with bucket collections which will be raising money to help local causes. It will be an event to remember.”

From 5pm-10.30pm, Canal Road from its junction with Avon Way, up to the recycling centre, will be closed, and from 6pm-11pm Canal Road from its junctions with Kennet Way and Hammond Way to its junction with Avon Way will also be shut.

The same applies to Canal Road where it meets Seymour Road, Timbrell Street to Union Street and Church Street, and vice versa.

Church Street from its junction with Union Street to its junction with Church Walk and with Castle Street to its junction with Market Street to Mortimer Street with be closed.

From 7.45pm-11pm, Mortimer Street from its junction with Castle Street to Longfield Road will be shut, as will Bythesea Road from its junction with Longfield Road to the job centre.

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