c2THE STREETS set to come alive as the annual Darlington Community Carnival takes place this Saturday, 27 June, from 10.30am – 5pm.

The day promises something for everyone with community stalls, refreshments, cake stall, kiddies rides, Punch & Judy, sports activities, bouncy castle, street entertainment and traditional games. The theme is ‘Darlington International’ and the charity will be the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Activities will start in the Market Place from 10.30am until 12 noon when the procession leaves the town centre to head towards Stanhope Park.

To celebrate the forthcoming visit of the New Zealand rugby team in October, a Haka will take place in the Market Place at 11.30am.

Fans of Frozen can meet Anna, Christopher and Olaf in Stanhope Park from 11am – 1pm. Live music will be on stage from 12.15pm – 4.05pm in Stanhope Park courtesy of the Forum and there will be live radio broadcasts from Star Radio throughout the event.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment and Transport, said: “The Carnival is a brilliant way for the whole community to get together and enjoy a day of free fun and entertainment in the town centre. Many thanks to all who have taken the time and effort to organise this event and I urge everyone to come along, enjoy the atmosphere, and have fun in Darlington.”

More details are available on the website: www.darlingtoncommunitycarnival.co.uk search for them on Facebook or on Twitter: @darlocarnival

Motorists coming to the Carnival are reminded that they can get one hour’s free car parking in selected town centre car parks. This could mean a parking fee of as little as one pound for three hours parking, and that the following road closures will be in place:

From 6.00am – 7.00pm

Vane Terrace – from Abbey Road to Trinity Road.

From 11.30am – 2.00pm

Abbey Road – from Swinburne Road to Stanhope Road

Duke Street – from Stanhope Road to Raby Terrace

Larchfield Street – from Duke Street North back street to East Raby Street

Raby Terrace – from Winston Street to East Raby Street

From 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Duke Street – from Raby Terrace to Skinnergate

Skinnergate – from Bondgate to Duke Street

Bondgate – from Prospect Place to Abbotts Yard

Northgate – from Prospect Place Way to Crown Street

Bondgate – from St Augustines Way to Abbotts Yard

All of Blackwellgate; Post House Wynd, High Row, Prospect Place, Commercial Street, King Street, Union Street and Bondgate North back

From 11.00am – 1.00pm

Tubwell Row – Westbound carriageway between Church Row and East Row

All of East Row

From 7.00am – 1.00pm

Horsemarket – from Bull Wynd to Blackwellgate

Car parks in the offer include: Abbott’s Yard, Archer Street, Beaumont St East, Chesnut Street, Commercial Street East, Commercial Street West, East Street, Garden Street, Hird Street, Kendrew Street East, Kendrew Street West, Park Place East, Park Place West, St Hilda’s, Winston Street North, Winston Street South.

In addition, parking is still available at the reduced rate of 50p an hour at: East Street, Garden Street, Archer Street and Chesnut Street and is £1 for all day on Sundays in all council-run car parks. The recently re-opened Town Hall car park offers 100 spaces at the heart of the town centre.