Despite the postponement of this year’s illuminated carnival procession to the Coronavirus, Bridgwater Carnival organisers are still pressing ahead with their popular annual outreach education projects programme.
As part of this programme, 24 giant carnival masks have been decorated by 17 local schools and are now on display in shops and businesses in Bridgwater town centre. All of the masks create a special mask trail where participants can take part in a special competition to locate all 24 masks and then be entered into a prize draw where one lucky contestant will win a £25 gift/book token.
The Mask Trail is operational until 12 noon on Friday 6 November, and entry forms are available from the Bridgwater Carnival Centre or from www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk. Most masks can be seen from shop windows, but a few will need to be viewed by entering the premises, and those taking part will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings.
The schools and nurseries who have decorated masks are:
Brent Knoll Primary School, Cannington Primary School, Elmwood School, Hamp Academy, Little Crickets Nursery, Northgate Primary School, North Newton Primary School, North Petherton Primary School, Otterhampton Primary School, Penrose School, Puriton Primary School, St John and St Francis Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Somerset Bridge Primary School, Stogursey Primary School and Willowdown Primary School.
All masks have been decorated in line with this year’s chosen theme of “Thank You”, and is in recognition and honour of the key workers who have continued to work tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sarah Humphrey, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s Entertainment Officer and Schools Liaison Officer, said: “As usual the children have excelled themselves and have produced some absolutely wonderful creations, and I am extremely grateful to all the participating schools for supporting our project in these strange and difficult days of COVID-19.
The mask trail is a fantastic way to kick-start our virtual carnival celebrations in 2020, and it is a chance for us all to enter into the spirit of carnival in order to maintain the continuity of our amazing tradition.”
Download your Entry Form.
Download your Flag outline to colour in, once completed, display in your window, take a photograph and then post your photo on Facebook.