A MUCH-LOVED summer event is back for the first time since 2019 years as it prepares for its 57th outing.

The Braintree and Bocking Carnival is back for 2023, with organisers saying they can’t wait to bring the event to the community once again.

The annual event was axed in 2022 due to financial uncertainty and was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the event is preparing to make a triumphant return for 2023.

Carnival chairman Martin Green said: “We are buzzing to be back.

“I have been a part of it all my life. Both my grandad and dad have been chairman, me and my family have always done it.

“My mum was involved, my uncle was involved, so it means a lot to us personally.

“People are excited to have it back having grown up with it and taken their children and grandchildren to past events.”

This year, the event will once again feature a variety of activities to enjoy on the day.

Mr Green said: “On the field we have a big funfair, stalls and activities that all ages can join in on, and displays from local groups and charities.

“There will be a procession going through town too, which leaves Lakes Road at 2.30pm and arrives at the carnival field at about 3.30 to 4pm.

“There will also be collections for charities POP Essex and First Stop Centre in Braintree.

“For the first time this year we are doing something special too.

“For the first hour, we are making it autism-friendly, so between 12noon and 1pm, there will be no music or flashing lights, so those who need it can still enjoy it and go on rides,

“That is a big thing we are trying to put across - the inclusivity and community feel.”

Mr Green also revealed how the carnival almost didn’t return.

He said: “We nearly decided not to put it on this year. We decided to go ahead in January and managed to organise it in a smaller period of time.

“We know it means a lot to the community, so it should be a great day.”

The carnival is being held on the Meadowside Field this weekend, June 10, starting at 12noon with a quiet hour and running until 8pm.