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Kendal Torchlight Carnival set to light up streets
12:25pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
KENDAL’S Torchlight Carnival will be lighting up the streets once more when it returns on Friday after a year’s absence.
Thousands of people are expected to line the town’s streets for the annual parade, which this year will include 1,200 people from 63 entries.
Thirty of Kendal’s roads will be closed at 6.30pm to make way for the event, which will be opened outside the Town Hall at 6.45pm by Lucy Everett from Dance Attik, with civic dignitaries watching from the grandstand.
The parade, which starts at 7pm will be headed by vintage vehicles, followed by tractors, steam engines and an elite team of cyclists on push-bikes.
Following them will be marching groups, floats and ten bands, which include carnival, steel and brass bands, and even an eco-samba band.
Some old favourites will be appearing - including the Bootle Concertina band – along with five school floats, several youth groups and company floats by Booths, Boots, Asda and O2 as well as local companies.
Among the new performers this year are Jump Into Kendal – a Facebook page devoted to Kendal’s history – and Brass Pineapple, Kendal-based company who make clothes and accessories by upcycling.
Seasons Cakes will be handing out 2,013 cupcakes in honour of the occasion, and a unique Torchlight beer, known as Torchlight CarnivALE, has been created by Kendal Brewery, at Burgundy’s Wine Bar.
Each year, the carnival selects four charities to support and this year has chosen Kendal Mountain Rescue Team, Sight Advice, Leonard Cheshire Disability and One Voice.
The parade starts at Kirkbie Kendal School and proceeds down Lound Road, past K Village onto Aynam Road, then over Miller Bridge onto New Road.
It then rounds the corner onto Stramongate, goes past Blackhall Road and onto Sands Avenue, before proceeding onto Stricklandgate through the centre of town and then out along Kirkland, over Nether Bridge and back along Lound Road, finishing at Lakes Leisure Centre.
Torchlight Team Leader Simon McElroy said: “We’ve had a really strong, proactive team this year who have helped to make it happen, and it will be a fabulous event.”
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