From the silver screen to a canine carnival

Bicester Brownies during the 2011 Bicester Carnival Parade. 110710M-C405
Bicester Brownies during the 2011 Bicester Carnival Parade. 110710M-C405

A dog show, pony rides, homegrown musical talent, and a miniature railway are just some of the highlights of this year’s Bicester Carnival on Saturday, June 28.

Once again the event coincides with Armed Forces Day, and members of the 23 Pioneer Regiment will be bringing along their inflatable assault course.

Festivities begin at noon when the carnival procession leaves the Parkwood Leisure Centre and makes its way to Pingle Fields. This year’s procession theme is the Silver Screen.

Bicester Mayor Melanie Magee said the carnival also had a canine theme with proceeds destined for the Great Horwood based charity Medical Detection Dogs, and a dog show part adjudicated by Crufts judge Mary Gurney.

The schedule of arena events will be officially opened by the Mayor at 1pm, quickly followed by a prize giving for the procession.

Then Bicester dancers from the Kaso Dance Studio, Flair Dance Studio, Elite Cheer United, and the Elite Dance and Theatre group will hold the main arena until 2.30pm, followed by the dogshow.

The programme of music starts with the Bangtail Feathers at 12.30pm, and continues with Jamie Felton at 1.15pm, The Ramps at 1.30pm, a second performance by Jamie Felton at 2.15pm, the Make Out Kids at 2.30pm, and a final performance by Jamie Felton at 3pm.

Mrs Magee said the Medical Detection Dogs is an amazing charity which utilises the canine sense of the smell to detect the early symptoms of serious health issues such at diabetic attacks, Addisonian crisis, narcolepsy, severe seizures and allergens which can cause dangerous reactions.

She said dogs can detect illness long before any danger signs and added: “They really can save lives and drastically improve the lives of those with certain disabilities.”

Follow this link for the Medical Detection Dogs home page.