THIS year's Bromsgrove Carnival festivities will start in Sanders Park on Friday, July 12 with an open-air cinema showing of the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody.

The cinema, a recent addition to the carnival programme, saw more than 1,000 people last year watch the Greatest Showman and organisers say they are expecting the same if not more this year.

Saturday is the big day for the event and it kicks off with the spectacular carnival procession through the town and out to Sanders Park.

The parade starts at North Bromsgrove High School at noon and back by popular demand are the carnival floats.

As well as the lorries, there are marching bands and many organisations choose to enter as a walking group.

The groups represent the Bromsgrove community ranging from schools to charities, local businesses to youth groups.

Procession leader Natalie Holland said: "I just think it’s great the way the community comes together to support local groups and charities as well as having fun on the day.”

In Sanders Park, Wilson’s funfair will be in full swing providing thrills and excitement for those of a more daring disposition.

There is a music stage with a full programme of acts throughout the day, and a range of stalls, shows and activities.

To finish off the day, local athletes will be tackling the challenging Timberhonger 10k and children’s challenge fun run.

More than 800 runners are expected to take on the races this year to be rewarded with their specially commissioned race medals and, for over 18s, a refreshing Timberhonger 10k beer.

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The event is non-profit making with all proceeds being donated to local charities and good causes.

This year they will be supporting Primrose Hospice, Libby Mae’s Little Angels, and the Midland Air Ambulance.

The Carnival takes a lot of organising and more hands are required on the day.

Carnival leader Adam Lote is looking for help.

He said: “We’re just a small group of volunteers and we always need extra people to help us marshal the events and make them a success.”