IT will soon be carnival time in the Vale of Clwyd... following a three-year gap.

Denbigh Carnival hasn't been held since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be making its long-awaited return on Saturday, June 25.

Catherine Jones, the chair of the Denbigh Carnival committee, said: "This year we are really pushing the boat out.

"We feel Denbigh needs a lift. 

"It's an ideal opportunity for people to meet up with friends and family in a safe environment.

"The parade is going to be a smasher!"

On the back of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, this year's carnival will have a royalty theme.

"The large puppets of the Queen's face seen in Liverpool and Manchester a few years ago are coming to Denbigh," added Catherine.

These were created by Chester-based artist Russell Kirk,

"We have over 10 princesses and four princes in the parade," said Catherine.


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The judges for the royalty fancy dress competitions and float competitions will be Cllr Gwyneth Kensler, Pauline Edwards, Tracy Miller and the Mayor Cllr Alyn Ashworth.

"We also have a dinosaur who will be going round for photos with everyone," said Catherine.

"We promise he's harmless!

"There will be a chance to have a go at fly fishing."

There will also be a games van in attendance, with people getting the chance to have a go at various games.

In addition, there will also be wrestlers, animals, a funfair, a beer tent, a children's corner and entertainment, with a variety of stalls selling items.

Tractors and classic care will be taking part in a parade and they will then be on show in the motor section on the carnival field.

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The vehicles will be judged by Sparrow Harrison.

"New this year will be a dog show," said Catherine.

"Enter on the day and we will see which dog looks like its owner plus a couple more categories.

"Of course, none of this could happen without the generosity of the town council and The Freeman Evans Trust.

"Grwp Cynefin, the Denbigh Quarry, Jones Brothers and Glyn Evans auto clinic also gave generously to the carnival.

"We always have a raffle on the day and many shops and pubs have donated items to it, many thanks."

The carnival procession will leave the council office at Caledfryn at 11am.

Heading down Smithfield Road, the procession will then pass through Lenten Pool, over the High Street and down Vale Street, before turning onto Ruthin Road and Park Street to enter Middle Park, next to Denbigh Town Football Club.