WITH Sedgemoor Masquerade Week set to start on Sunday, 21 large carnival masks, designed and decorated by schoolchildren, are now on display in shops and businesses around Bridgwater town centre.
Sixteen local schools have taken part in the popular education project, which has seen children using a variety of techniques to decorate large masks, similar to traditional Venetian style carnival masks.
The masks have been positioned around the town to create a trail where participants can now take part in a special competition to locate all 21 and be entered into a prize draw where one lucky contestant will win a £25 gift/book token.
The trail is operational until noon on Friday, November 5, and entry forms are available from the Bridgwater Carnival Centre or from www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk.
Most masks can be seen from shop windows, but a few will need to be viewed by entering the premises.
The schools and nurseries who have been involved with the project and decorated masks are: Somerset Bridge primary, Northgate primary, St Mary’s primary, Willowdown primary, St John and St Francis primary, Brent Knoll primary, Pawlett primary, Cannington primary, Stogursey primary, Otterhampton primary, North Petherton primary, Puriton primary, Bridgwater College Academy primary, Martock primary, Little Crickets nursery and Haygrove secondary.
Sarah Humphrey, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s Entertainment and Schools Liaison Officer, said: “Today’s children are the carnivalites of tomorrow, and hopefully they will go on to play their own unique part in ensuring our carnival tradition continues for future generations to enjoy.
“This year’s theme is ‘The Future’ and the schools have interpreted the theme using the imagination of their children, and once again they have designed some absolutely wonderful mask creations.
“I am extremely grateful to all the participating schools for continuing to support and engage with our carnival education programme.
“The mask trail is a fantastic way to kick-start our Sedgemoor Masquerade Week activities, and it is a chance for us all to enter into the spirit of carnival in order to maintain the continuity of our amazing tradition.”