We are back fingers crossed! What a year we have all had so let’s celebrate in style of hopefully being back to normal. The festival committee have organised a brilliant day for everyone, so let’s have a good one.

The day will of course kick off with the Carnival Procession at 1.30pm led by the Medina Band, our Carnival Princess, attendants and page boys, along with other decorated floats. There will be walking groups, a stilt walker and individuals in fancy dress parading through the village. The carnival will be interspersed with vintage cars to add interest and colour. This year we are introducing the ‘Battle of the Roads’ or challenge your friends and family for the best entry of a carnival float or a walking group.

Money prizes will be given for the overall winners.

As the carnival arrives on the recreation ground at approximately 2.30pm, they will be greeted by many different stalls, a car boot sale, a classic car show, a fun dog show sponsored by Arun Vets and of course our own Harris’s funfair.

The arena acts will include two shows by the brilliant ’Stallions of Substance’ and a performance by the Medina Marching Band.

There will be no shortage of food either, burgers, chips, hot dogs, Thai food, Pizzas, candy floss and ice cream to name but a few. There will also be a licenced bar.

On stage ‘The Smileys’ will be back by popular request, Tom Foolery who is Ashington’s favourite children’s entertainer, and returning to Ashington Diane James singing songs through the decades. Mike Nova AKA Elvis and Ken Dee, a comedy female impersonator.

There will be the usual grand Raffle with many top quality prizes and our famous ‘Barrow of B****’

Take the opportunity to meet up with old friends who have now left the village, but always come back to enjoy the Festival.

At 10pm is the spectacular firework display followed by a disco to finish off the evening.

Our programme is designed to have something for everyone to enjoy, be they young, old or in the middle. So mark the date in your diary, come along and enjoy the day with us.

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