Chatham Carnival

Chatham is to have a community town centre carnival this summer for the first time in 20 years.

It will be on Saturday 9th July with two walking carnival processions in the morning and afternoon.

Throughout the day there will be exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and stalls featuring local community organisations and projects.

Medway Pride Radio will compere the event and entertain the visitors with music through the day.

There will be two parades at 1000 and 1400 from the Church Street junction of the high street to the Paddock outside the Pentagon entrance.

A theme running through event will be a number of important anniversaries in Chatham including 20 years of Nucleus Arts, 60 Years of Canterbury Christ Church University, 20 years of the University of Kent and University of Greenwich at Medway, 15 years of Love Music Hate Racism and 40 years since the Falklands war.

Thomas Waghorn will also be featured, after a town centre celebration to mark his 200th birthday in 2020 had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

Local organisations have begun working on the carnival with a number of workshops now underway.

The event is being headed by David Stokes, the CEO of Nucleus Arts under the umbrella of the town centre forum and Love Chatham.

He said: ‘This has been possible because of suggestions from community groups to bring back a carnival in Chatham.

‘It will be a walking carnival so we want to encourage people to join in with their local groups or just come along on the day to enjoy the spectacle.

‘The last couple of years have been a big challenge for everyone, but particularly the traders in Chatham. We want to bring the community back together again.’

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