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Deal Carnival week prepares to enter full swing at the weekend leading up to the Carnival at The Strand, Walmer next Thursday

By Beth Robson

Fun and frolics are guaranteed when the town comes out in force for Deal Regatta Week, with events starting on Saturday.

The annual spectacular is organised by John Trickey, chairman of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Regatta Association.

The Party on the Prom is set to bring music lovers out ion their droves

He said: “Deal Regatta week with all its diverse events is one, if not the, finest in the county and the committee and the people of Deal and Walmer are justly proud of it – and long may it remain that way.”

He has appealed for more marshals and volunteers to get in touch by calling 01304 381990.

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic kicks off the week on Saturday at 2.30pm on Walmer Green.

The fun continues on the green with DJ Gareth Hopkins’ Party on the Green between 7pm and 9.30pm followed by a firework display.

“Deal Regatta week with all its diverse events is one, if not the, finest in the county" John Trickey, chairman of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Regatta Association

An energetic day of swimming, mad-cap raft racing and the lorry pull starts at 10am on Sunday with the Dinosaur 10k race.

Deal tri hosts the 1000m open water swim race from the Downs Sailing Club to Deal pier from 1.30pm. Registration is in front of the club from 1pm. Entry is £5 in advance. Print off an entry form at www.dealtri.co.uk. The official closing date is Friday, July 20. Late entry fee is £6.

The raft race, at 1.45pm, brings the real fun on the sea – and on the shore line for those watching. The 750 metre challenge leaves Downs Sailing Club for Deal Pier at 2.15pm subject to tide. Entry is £10 per raft. For full rules, see the programme.

Beach Street will be cordoned off on Sunday afternoon for the annual lorry pull. The 30 metre timed event starts at 3.30pm with booking taking place from 2.30pm. Entry is £10 per team (seniors) and £5 junior teams.

The Trophy Shop Hop Scotch Championship will start opposite Deal Pier from 1pm with a competition for under-eights and under-11s.

Beautiful babies, their parents and grandparents will cram into Deal Welfare Club in Cowdray Square on Wednesday for the hotly contested baby show from 1.45pm. Entry is £1 per adult. For details, pick up a programme.

On Wednesday night, Deal will have a musical concert of its own with thousands flocking to the Party on the Prom. At 7pm the RNLI and HM Coastguard will give a rescue display on the water by Deal Pier. From 7.15pm is the Bank Buoy Scramble and at 7.30pm the fishing boat race takes off.

The Kingsdown Band will entertain from the stage beside Deal Pier supported by the Bad Penny Band.

The week’s entertainment finale is Deal Carnival on Thursday. This year’s summer fiesta starts at 7pm from the junction of The Beach and The Strand, opposite Downs Sailing Club.

Don't forget to pick up a programme from the east Kent Mercury office when you pick up your Mercury

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