Carnival caravan kick-starts ticket sales

PUBLISHED: 13:17 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

A CARNIVAL caravan has parked up in the centre of a town and will not be moving until all the tickets have been sold. The quiet market town of Saffron Walden will be hit with an explosion of music and colour when the carnival time bomb detonates in just o

A CARNIVAL caravan has parked up in the centre of a town and will not be moving until all the tickets have been sold.

The quiet market town of Saffron Walden will be hit with an explosion of music and colour when the carnival time bomb detonates in just over a month's time.

With online tickets selling like hotcakes, the Saffron Walden Round Table launched the Carnival Caravan in the Market Square on Saturday (May 24).

Carnival chairman Eamon McCourt said: "This is the first time we have ever sold tickets online and it's going fantastically well - they're selling much faster than before.

"However, we realise that not everybody will want to buy their tickets online, so we've launched the Carnival Caravan where people can by them by hand.

"The caravan also gives us a real presence in the town and people can use it to find out about this year's amazing line up. People can pick up a programme of events as well as buying tickets."

The Carnival Caravan will be open from 10am to 4pm every Tuesday and Saturday until the Carnival kicks off on Friday July 4.

Last held in 2005, the Saffron Walden Round Table Carnival for 2008 promises to be the best yet, combining an enjoyable mix entertainment, pageantry and processions.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Carnival organisers the Saffron Walden Round Table are planning a show to remember.

"The people of Saffron Walden really embrace this event," said Mr McCourt. "I think they realise that all the money raised goes to good causes in the town. More than 80 local charities will benefit from the Carnival."

The centrepiece of the Carnival is the procession - the largest non-funded parade in the country - which will see almost 200 floats make their way around the town in front of 10,000 people lining the streets.

This year the parade has a Hollywood theme and the Saffron Walden Round Table is encouraging as many clubs, groups and charities as possible to get involved and enter a float.

Starting on Saffron Walden Common on Saturday July 5 the parade will wind its way on a four-mile route around the town and back to its starting place. The parade is free to enter and charities and clubs that take part can usually expect to benefit from the Carnival's fundraising.

For more information have chat with the people in the Carnival Caravan or visit www.8dayweekend.co.uk

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