Packed day of fun and history at Deeping Carnival

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A carnival with more than 100 years of history will ring to the sound of swords clashing as a battle re-enactment group takes centre stage.

The Deeping Lions Carnival takes place on John Eve Field in Market Deeping from 10am to 5pm tomorrow.

One of the highlights this year is sure to be The English Free Companye, a living history and battle re-enactment group.

Members of the company will be in full costume throughout the day to give visitors a trip back in time.

There will be drills and displays of firepower in the morning before a full battle in the afternoon.

Aside from the fighting, there is a packed programme of events for people to enjoy.

The music stage will host several performances, with acts from across the spectrum including one from the Deepings Youth Centre.

In the arena there will be displays of gymnastics and karate, as well as a show from a dog training group.

Last year’s carnival queen Rebecca Keating will hand over her crown to her successor Molly Markham.

And there will be a funfair, craft stalls, car boot sale and a beer and wine tent for people to enjoy.

Carnival organisers and Lions member Esther Graham said: “It looks like it’s going to be nice weather which is good and we are hoping for a lot of support.

“We usually get plenty of visitors from the Deepings but it would be nice to get a few more from further afield as well.

“People can come along, bring a picnic and enjoy the day.”

The free event is made possible thanks to grants from Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St James Parish Council.

It has been running for more than 100 years.