40 years ago the first Star Wars film came out, the world lost the musical King that was Elvis Presley, Red Rum won the Grand National for the 3rd time and the Queen welcomed her first grandchild into the world.
The Queen also celebrated 25 years on the throne which meant all of the UK held street parties to mark the occaion. Little did we know back then, that Wombourne would start its own tradition that is still going strong – yes you have guessed it – what started out as a Silver Jubilee village party has turned into the wonderful Wombourne Carnival, and we are now celebrating its 40th year this year!
To start off this celebration we have chosen a fitting theme – ‘1977 – 40 years of Wombourne Carnival’.
The theme this year is “1977 – 40 years of Wombourne Carnival” and to compliment the theme we be crowning a carnival King and Queen, who will take to the throne on one of the floats on our famous carnival parade. We are looking for couples who are interested in becoming King and Queen, who were together before or around the first ever Wombourne Carnival (in 1977). For more information get in touch with us, either via our social media pages or email us.
Wombourne Carnival is Sunday 3rd July at Wombourne Civic Centre and is going to be a brilliant fun-filled day for all ages. Stalls made up of registered charities, local community groups, local retailers and independent traders include tombola’s, sweets, bric-a-brac, raffles, games, cakes and muffins to name but a few. We have a children’s fun fair with lots of rides for smaller children including a cup and saucer ride, merry go round, ferris wheel and for older children bungee trampolines and a paratrooper ride. There will be food stalls bringing a variety of different treats – a hog roast, doughnuts, burgers, hot dogs, chips, jacket potatoes and everybody’s favourite – the ice cream van!!
Wombourne Carnival parade will start at 12pm from Wombourne civic centre and follow the traditional route around Wombourne passing down Gravel hill, Common road, Giggetty lane, Planks lane, Church road, High street and back to Wombourne civic centre. There will be temporary road closures during the parade with some roads temporarily restricted for access while the parade passes by so we ask for your patience between 12 and 1.30pm and ask people to join in the festivities by coming out of their houses to cheer on the floats. We have had a fantastic response to the parade with lots of community groups and schools getting involved and this year will see some amazingly bright and colourful floats and classic cars along with local businesses parading around the route.
The theme this year is “A day at the Great British Seaside” and to compliment the theme we have our very own Wombourne Beach with Donkey Rides, Sandcastle competitions, a Beach Bar and the Radio “Wom” Roadshow.
Enter our Quacky Races competition, (a duck race like no other) – buy a plastic duck for 50p and decorate it in the style of the seaside, bring your duck on carnival day and enter it into Quacky Races. Prizes will be given on the day for best dressed duck and the overall winner of Quacky Races. To buy your duck – a list of duck retailers is available on Facebook and our Website.
Carnival Chairperson, Victoria Bratt, said: “Last Year was fantastic, it was great to see so many people from our lovely village join together and enjoy the day. This year it will be even better and I can’t wait to be the first to build a sandcastle! Do come along and join us, it is going to be a fabulous day. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity again to work with a brilliant team to ensure this amazing event goes ahead as it shows Wombourne at its very best and I can’t wait!!”
If you would like to help on the day or join the committee please do get in touch.
Like us on facebook: Wombournecarnival or follow us on twitter: @womcarnival
For all enquiries please email: Wombournecarnival@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
Wombourne Carnival Committee