Excitement is growing as Braintree and Bocking’s annual carnival draw closer.

The event started in 1964 when it was planned to only be a one-off event in order to raise money for the forerunner to campaigns like Live Aid and Comic Relief, “Freedom from Hunger”.

This year, the procession will start in Lakes Road, and then proceed along Manor Street, Railway Street, Manor Street, High Street, the B1256, Aetheric Road, Coldnailhurst Ave, Queen's Road and into Meadowside.

There will be about 40 floats, bands and majorettes taking part from a range of organisations including local businesses, youth groups and church groups.

The Carnival Queen, Chloe Collett, and the two Princesses, Jamie Watts and Olivia Tubbs, will also be on their float.

Attractions in the main arena at the showground on Meadowside include Jez Avery Stunt Legend, the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band, Golden Dragon Kung Fu Dance Team and bands from the Braintree College. Also, around the field will be the usual fun fair and selection of stalls.

The children’s area is also back by popular demand and this year will feature Punch and Judy shows at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, face painting, bouncy castle, soft play area, baby changing and feeding and much more.

The carnvial will take place on June 7 with the procession leaving at 2.30pm and arriving at the showground at roughly 3.30pm, although the showground will be open from 1.30pm until 10pm.

Entrance is free and people can sign up their float via the form on the website up until the Friday before the day.

For more information, visit sareena.co.uk/carnival/home.htm.