Floats, funfair and a Highland fling at Carnival

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The ever-popular Lewis Carnival is going ahead on August 1st and is gearing up to be a great event - but volunteers are still required.

The Carnival Committee are on the look out for anyone who can lend a hand to get in touch and are also are urging groups, businesses, charities etc to get their float entries in.

This year’s Carnival is expected to start earlier than the normal kick off of 2pm but details have not yet been finalised.

The event is also being supported by the Stornoway Amenity Trust who are bringing the funfair and the Continental Market to the town.

The funfair will be running in town from Thursday July 30th and the Continental Market will be running from Tuesday July 28th.

A special Strip the Willow fundraising event for Alzeimhers Scotland will also be held on Carnival Day organised by those who undertook the Hebrides Memory Walk last year.

John Maciver and Kevin Smith walked from Barra to the Butt of Lewis last year raising well over £7,000 for the charity.

This year they are planning a sponsored Strip the Willow - the Hebrides Memory Road Dance (Dannsa a Rathad).

And this year’s event could lead to a further event at next year’s Carnival where they would attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the highest number of people taking part in a Scottish country dance.

They had looked into organising this this year but due to the complexity of organising a world record attempt this year will be a dress rehearsal for next year.

Find out more about Dannsa a Rathad in next week’s Gazette.

Float Winners at this year’s Carnival will win £250 for their chosen charity.

Float forms can be emailed out if requested by members of the public, or they can also be picked up at the EVENTS newspaper office.

The contact number is 705749, and the email address is lewiscarnival@outlook.com if people are interested in entering a float, or volunteering.

A Facebook page called ‘Lewis Carnival’ can be followed for updates.