Lottery funding has ensured that Reading Carnival will once again take to the streets of the Berkshire town on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.
The carnival has been plagued with funding issues over its 40-year history. After a stripped-back event in 2014, it was cancelled in 2015 and 2016, following an all-too-familiar pattern for UK carnivals. The news of its resurrection in 2017 has been greeted with undisguised delight by carnival enthusiasts in Reading and beyond.
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The organisers are urging Soca News readers in the area to find out how they can get involved. The carnival is holding an open day from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday 8 April at The Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) building, St Giles Court, Southampton Street, Reading RG1 2QL.