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Druids and mythical creatures sought as Runcorn Town Carnival falls on summer solstice

Event takes place on longest day of the year

This year's Runcorn Town Carnival falls on the summer solstice

CREATURES of folklore and mystery are being sought to take part in this year’s Runcorn Town Carnival as the event falls on a major date in the astronomical calendar.

Drawing on millennia of tradition, this year’s festival of all things Runcornian falls on the day of the summer solstice.

One of the event’s key organisers is on the hunt for residents to dress up as druids, fairies, elves and pixies to mark the longest day.

Shanice Warrington, 20, will be running a summer solstice float and needs volunteers to join the troupe of merrymakers.

She said there would be prizes galore for the best costumes on the solstice floats, and similar competitions will take place for other carnival attractions.

Her float also needs a mobile DJ.

Shanice added that the deadline for booking stalls at the carnival was drawing near and that those wanting to take part must have their applications in by Saturday, May 31.

The event’s other theme will be honouring the centenary of the outbreak of  WWI.

Organisers of the carnival, which will take place at Heath Park, are also on the lookout for someone to compere in the main arena.

Attractions on the day include a host of Runcorn music acts, birds of prey and a dog show.

Shanice said: “My float needs mystical creatures – pixies, fairies and goblins –  anything a bit like A Midsummer Night’s  Dream.

“We’ll have competitions for the best dressed ones with categories for children, adults, groups and hand-made costume.

“We’re hoping to make it even bigger than last year.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I just can’t wait to get into my tutu!”

To take part in the solstice float call Shanice on 07462 160 378 or email runcorn@haltonexchange.co.uk