THERE’S lots planned for Cockermouth carnival this weekend.

The organisers are hoping lots of people will join in the fun - either by taking part in the procession or supporting them from the sidelines.

Town councillors Julie Laidlow and Isabel Burns, who have been on the committee for more than 30 years, resurrected the carnival two years ago after a five-year break.

Various local schools and Mandy’s Dancing Divas have already signed up. Age UK West Cumbria will also be joining in the fun.

Cockermouth Mechanics Band will be leading the procession on Saturday. Every child who takes part will be given a medal and snack voucher which they can exchange for a burger or hot dog and drink at Memorial Gardens.

The organisers are hoping lots of people will line the streets and cheer on the procession.

“The kids that do take part love it, the atmosphere is wonderful,” said Julie.

“We’re hoping the weather is good and that we’ll get a great turnout.”

Participants will meet on South Street at 12.30pm for judging at 1pm.

The parade will then head up Lorton Street at 1.30pm, down Kirkgate and on to Market Place.

They will then head along Main Street before gathering in Memorial Gardens where there will be a fun fair and some stalls.

The town’s brewery will be holding a beer street festival on the same day as the carnival.

Jennings Beer Street Festival is being held to celebrate Beer Day Britain.

A spokesman said: “We are going to have a marquee up at Jennings and beers from around the country available from noon to 10pm.

“There will be live music and delicious gourmet burgers.”

Beer Day Britain celebrates all beer including traditional ales, mainstream lagers and limited edition craft.