ONE Somerset carnival is set to return next month.

Chard Carnival, which is celebrating its 54th year, was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year the event is back with a street fayre and walking procession, but there will not be any big carts.

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The carnival has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years for local charities and organisations including Chard Christmas Lights, Children’s Hospice Southwest, Chard Hospital, Air Ambulance, Chard Rugby Club, scouts, brownies and more.

"Last year we could not hold a procession but did not let the year go without marking the day," said Jason Baker, chairman of Chard Carnival Committee.

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"We held a display of Carnival in the Guildhall on Chard Carnival Day and many clubs attended with models, costumes along with trophies and many other items of interest.

"I am very pleased that we are able to this year hold a Street Fayre and walking procession.

"I know that many of the team are working hard to ensure that we put on a safe event that can be enjoyed by all.

"Whilst we won’t have the big carts that we are not used to but will have many colourful walking entries to enjoy parading through our streets.

"We will have collecting tins in many of the local shops throughout the coming weeks and we ask you to donate any loose change in both these and the collecting floats on carnival day."

The carnival week will start with a beacon lighting on Monday, October 4, at 6pm.

There will also be a 'spot the wrong un' competition and several shop windows will be decorated.

The street fayre will have more than 50 stalls and will take place from 9am until 4pm on Saturday, October 9, on Holyrood Street.

The main parade will take place in the town centre from 7.30pm.

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