Berkshire

Reading Carnival to go ahead after lottery funding

Reading Carnival 2010
Image caption Reading Carnival attracted about 10,000 people in previous years

A Caribbean carnival which had been completely scrapped for two years will go ahead this year.

The event in Reading had previously attracted up to 10,000 people, but was cancelled due to funding problems.

The carnival has been run by Reading's Caribbean community since 1977 but was axed in 2015 and 2016, while a stripped-back event was held in 2014.

A lottery grant issued this year will mean the carnival will now go ahead in May.

Image caption A lack of funding was blamed for previous cancellations

The event usually features a procession through the town's streets, featuring music and floats, ending in Prospect Park.

Sonia Walker, from the Reading Caribbean Cultural Group, said she was looking forward to "celebrating Reading's diverse community".

Philbert Herman, who was involved in setting up the original Reading Carnival in 1977, said it was "an important celebration of Caribbean history".

He said: "Carnivals arrived in Caribbean for emancipation - way back in the days of slavery, before my time.

"So the young ones coming up will know why everybody is dressing up, everybody is free."

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