ORGANISERS of the Worcester Carnival have vowed to make it ‘bigger and better than ever’ after securing a grant from the National Lottery.

Carnival President Councillor Alan Feeney said the lottery money of £8,050 was ‘massive’ for the carnival and is looking forward to putting on a 'fantastic' day in just under two months time.

"Last year's festival cost in the region of £12,000 so the lottery grant is a big chunk of that," he said.

"We're very lucky in that we have already received a lot of funding through sponsorship and grants and we will always welcome more.

"We will have a large programme of events and entertainment.

"It takes a great deal of time and planning and we are now in the process of finalising everything.

"I must say thanks to Phil Weston who did the lion's share of the work in getting the application together and sending it off."

With the lottery funding secured, organisers are now meeting weekly to put the finishing touches to the plans.

Cllr Feeney says the carnival should have a "few big announcements" in the coming weeks.

"With so much entertainment, it is now a question of where the money will be allocated."

The news comes as the carnival on Saturday, July 7 is set to start from Pitchcroft for the first time in more than 20 years before making its way around the city.

The carnival returned to the city last year after an absence of 24 years.

On the day, there will be a funfair, live entertainment, trade stalls and the grand parade through the city centre.

Two stages at Worcester Racecourse and Cathedral Square will showcase local talent.

Worcester Play Council has been chosen as the carnival’s chosen charity.

Last year, Headway Worcestershire, Acorns Children’s Hospice and New Hope Worcester each benefited from bucket collections of more than £500 on the day.

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Organisers are still looking for volunteers to help on carnival day.

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