Published: 10:48, 16 August 2019
| Updated: 11:56, 16 August 2019
Sheppey's carnival girls have been making a splash on the seafront preparing for their big parade on Saturday.
This year's float, designed by artist Richard Jeferies, is a tribute to the emergency services and has pictures of the police, fire-fighters, paramedics and even a Kent air ambulance helicopter.
During a trip to the beach the girls spied a paddle-board used by the RNLI's lifeguards and were hoping to commandeer it for this weekend's carnival.
The parade will be led by the Old School Samba Band and will feature the Croydon Steel Band and the Pom Pom Wondergirls of Bognor Regis.
There will be 13 carnival courts from across Kent taking part.
Carnival chairman Bob McCall said: "We already have three lorries booked and 30 other floats but are happy to take late entries on the day.
"We are particularly interested in pedestrians in fancy dress or decorated prams, wheelbarrows and mobility scooters. We were very impressed with how many entered the new-look Whitstable carnival recently."
Collections will be made on the day.
It costs £4,000 a year to keep the carnival on the road. Others, like Sandwich, have been forced to fold.
There will be a funfair at Beachfields Park on the seafront around the sandpit and a free fireworks display on the beach at dusk.
This year's senior carnival court features queen Melody Jackson, 15, from Minster with princesses Darcey Kidd from Halfway and Paige Heaton from Sheerness. Both are 14.
The junior court comprises Keira Collins-Kiazia, 13, Lois Kidd, 10, and Isobel McCarrick, eight. Sheppey Rosebud Evie Bowes, five, will be on a police bike.
Judging starts at 4.30pm in New Road and the parade starts at 5.30pm. It will go along Millennium Way, Trinity Road, Marine Parade, Alma Road and then along the High Street and past the clock tower at 6.30pm where the Sheppey FM roadshow and the Sign To Sing choir will be.
Swale mayor Cllr Ken Ingleton will take the salute at the end of the parade outside the KwikFit garage.
For details of how to take part, call Bob and the team on 01795 667927.
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