Harlow gets ready to celebrate its birthday on 23 July

Date: 
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
Number: 
17-37

Harlow residents are being encouraged to line the streets and celebrate Harlow is 70 when the carnival comes to town on Sunday 23 July 2017.

The carnival, organised by Harlow Council, will be a celebration of the town through the years as part of Harlow’s year-long 70th birthday celebrations.

The procession will leave the Stow at around 12noon, travelling down Howard Way then along First Avenue and into the Town Park in time for the Linkfest Music Festival. The parade, which will be led by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Sue Livings, will include decorated floats, other vehicles and walking groups.

The following organisations have confirmed their participation: Hip Hop Pop, 16th Harlow Scouts, C2 Dance Company, Hare Street Primary School, Harlow Community Transport, The Kevin Adams Academy, Arriva Buses, Harlow Steel Band, Harvey Centre Dancers, Police Cadets, Sea Cadets, Navy Cadets, Kiddi Care Day Nursery, MGM Clinics, Barnes & Partners, Illuminate Allstar Cheerleading and McMullen & Sons.  

Linkfest, which is an annual free outdoor free music festival, takes place at the Bandstand from 1.30pm. The following bands will be performing as part of the festival: Wrong Jovi, Fubar, Cadence, Beat the Beast, Sumners Tales, The Purple Sound and The Hamwahs.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of the Council, said:

“As well as financially supporting local events throughout the year, we want to give something extra back to our residents as part of Harlow’s 70 birthday celebrations. Staff from around the Council have been working hard to organise the carnival and there has been a fantastic response from local groups who want to be part of it. There hasn’t been a carnival in the town for many years but it is often remembered by residents. This year’s event might not be on the same scale as the carnival in years gone by, but that community spirit is still alive in Harlow. Many residents will be part of the parade and hopefully many more will be watching it as we proudly celebrate Harlow’s past, present and future.

“With the popular Linkfest music event also taking place on the same day, Sunday 23 July, promises to be a memorable day for Harlow’s 70th birthday.”

For the safety of those involved and watching some roads around the procession route will be temporarily closed on the day. The road closures are scheduled at different times between 10am and 1.30pm.

The roads, which will be affected, are: Howard Way, Maddox Road, Arkwrights, Minchen Road, The Stow, First Avenue, Monkswick Road, School Lane, and Park Lane. The Stow roundabout will also be closed. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and controlled access for residents of 1 to 23 Park Lane.

Due to the road closures spectators are encouraged to leave early and walk to the event if possible. The Greyhound/School Lane car park will be closed on the day as it will be used at the end of the parade by the carnival floats. All other Town Park car parks will be open with free parking available at the former Road Safety Centre on Edinburgh Way until 4pm.

The Council would like to thank Hoddesdon Distribution Centre for the free loan of floats for the Carnival and Countryside and Home Group for their financial donation to support this community event and Raktrain for the use of the Road Safety Centre as a car park.

For more information on the carnival visit www.harlow.gov.uk/harlow-70-carnival