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Thousands expected to enjoy Shrewsbury Carnival fun

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Carnival fever will grip Shropshire's county town tomorrow as thousands of people line the streets to welcome dozens of 'Best of British' floats through Shrewsbury.

Carnival fever will grip Shropshire's county town tomorrow as thousands of people line the streets to welcome dozens of 'Best of British' floats through Shrewsbury.

Preparations are almost complete for this year's Shrewsbury Carnival – which has a theme of British Heroes – and the annual parade is expected to fill up the town centre streets with a sea of red, white and blue as up to 5,000 visitors descend on the town.

The parade, which has themed floats, walking groups, marching bands and dancers, will leave Victoria Avenue at about 2pm before making its way along Smithfield Road and then through town, arriving back at the Quarry Park.

Groups which have entered a float include Riversway Elim Church, Measbrook Care Home, the Maternity Ward at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shawbury YFC, and Revival Nightclub.

Julia Wenlock, carnival show secretary and owner of Toot Sweets Confectionary, said: "We chose the theme to reflect the Olympics being in London and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"About 1,000 people are involved in the parade and we usually get 5,000 visitors."

The carnival usually raises about £10,000 on the day which is put towards a whole host of community groups and charities.

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