Bunny girls, the Red Arrows ... must be carnival season

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IT was once a highlight in the town’s calendar and on June 16 this summer, after a gap of 20 years, the fabulous Tring Carnival returns.

The four day event will form part of Tring’s Summer Festival - a celebration of music, carnival and comedy which kicks off with the Spirit of Tring on Friday, June 3 and ends with comedy extravaganza the Tringe, running from July 1 to 23.

Deputy Mayor of Tring John Allan remembers previous festivals with great affection: “My memories are that the first festival at Pound Meadow was very modest and mainly consisted of a sheep herding demonstration with shepherd and dog.

“It rained, but some 2,000 turned up with umbrellas - which impressed me so much that I agreed to chair the festival committee for the next year.”

John soon added an arts side to the festival with Tring Arts Trust Ian Martin chairing a festival arts committee. By year two the arts element ran alongside a 10-day Pound Meadow and Marquee series of events.

Early arts events included Cyril Fletcher and the Albernoni String Quartet, with early marquee events including Chris Barber and Aker Bilk with a barbecue and beer bar, and raffle tickets sold by a bevy of Bunny Girls on loan from Victor Lownes, head of Bunny Club Europe which had its training school at Stocks!

There were also displays by the Royal Signals motorcycle display team and the Red Arrows.

But can those glory days return? The 2011 line-up so far certainly suggests they can.

Scheduled are four fantastic evenings of musical and theatrical performances - with an amazing variety of entertainment.

Take your pick from break-dancers, rock music, jazz bands and a beer festival - to name just a few of the things on offer.

And with a Carnival Parade Day as well, there really is something available for everyone.

And what about being part of the event? The Tring Summer Festival team are eager to recruit more exhibitors and performers.

Why not get in touch with them at www.tringtogether.org.uk/tringsummerfestival/index.html and help restore the carnival to its rightful place in Tring’s diary.