In My View: Steven Penny

Posted at 28/06/10 - 09:08 AM

In My View: Steven Penny - Parade hits the heights to show delights of Diss


Article Courtesy of the Diss Express


For the past two years I have spent the duration of the Diss Carnival procession hanging out of the Diss Express window filming the parade of floats for the www.dissexpress.co.uk website.


But this year I was down there in the thick of things and what a revelation it was.


I have seen from the window how large the Mere’s Mouth crowds have been but was stunned by the volume of people elsewhere along the route.


I carried a bucket for the collection for Diss First Responders and was overwhelmed by the support the town showed, especially by the gatherings at Crown Corner and in the Market Place.


By the end, the 27 buckets had amassed almost £600 with young and old alike happily donating.


Despite the many counter attractions elsewhere in the area the town and district was out in huge numbers.


Everywhere we went there were large crowds, all full of happy smiling faces with lots of bunting and special decorations on shops, businesses and houses.


The weather was ideal and, with the Salvation Army Band leading the way, we all had a swagger in our step.


The parade of floats was the biggest since the Carnival was relaunched in 2008 and the bucket collection raised a record amount.


Key to it all though was community involvement – from the committee of local volunteers who organised the whole spectacle to the numerous groups, clubs, associations and individuals who added the extra sparkle, whether in the parade or later at the fun day.


The town came alive and showed any visitors what a wonderful, thriving place it can be.


The secret now is transferring that feel-good factor to the rest of the year and helping promote Diss for what it is – a 
truly fantastic market town with a heart 
of gold.

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