Town prepares for carnival celebrations


It’s finally here! After months of preparation Sandy Carnival bring the community together in celebration tomorrow (Saturday, June 14).

The carnival takes a lot of work from the committee behind the scenes; members started preparing this year’s big event back in October!

If you want to be in with a chance of seeing the floats parade past your door then it’s important to know the route. After a brief change a couple of years ago, the procession will once again be using its original route.

The procession will assemble in All Saints Way at 12.30pm. The floats will be judged before the parade begins at 1.30pm.

Leaving All Saints Way, the floats will process into Western Way, London Road, West Road and St Neots Road.

It will then make its way through the town, turn into St Swithun’s Way and return through the market square before crossing Park Road and ending in the car park at Sandye Place Academy.

The theme for 2014 is Anything Goes, which gives the entrants free rein to their imaginations.

The arena events will take place at Sandye Place.

The parade trophies will be awarded at 2pm.

This will be followed by the majorettes at 2.15pm, Jazzercise at 2.30pm, twirlers at 2.45pm and Zumba dancers at 3pm. At 3.15pm it will be time for Disco Duck and Biggleswade Dance School will take centre stage at 3.30pm.

Sandy Karate Club will be at 3.45pm and at 4pm there will be a Medieval tournament. The carnival will end with the raffle draw at 4.45pm.

Throughout the afternoon there will be stall and refreshments.

The raffle winner will take home £100. Other prizes include a patio pack, a free MOT, computer accessories, confectionery hampers, hair products, toys, wine and numerous vouchers, courtesy of local businesses.

Raffle tickets have been on sale around the town for several weeks and they will also be available in the arena.

The carnival committee will start planning next year’s carnival in October. There will be monthly meetings until next June.

New members are needed as several key members of the committee are either standing down or taking a break from carnival planning after more than a decade of involvement.

Call Hayley Stewart on 01767 223911 or email her at if you would like to find out more.