Pupils put on cheery face for Mardi Gras

YOUNGSTERS at Great Yarmouth’s Edward Worlledge Junior School have well and truly shaken off the winter blues with their bright and cheery Mardi Gras masks and head-dresses.

The pupils have been working for the past six weeks with Sheringham artist Kate Munro to create them for Yarmouth’s second King Street Mardi Gras which takes place from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday.

Their designs have also been turned into printed lampshades for 100 lights that will decorate a marquee at the event which will feature entertainment and food and customs with an international theme.

Kate said: “The children were working on the Mardi Gras theme of winter being chased away by spring. They were really enthusiastic and produced some great work – parents even came along and joined in.”

The King Street Mardi Gras, which will feature international street artists working with the local community, celebrates the multi-cultural nature of the town and marks the 12-month countdown to the opening of the redeveloped St George’s chapel as a multi-purpose arts venue.

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of SeaChange Arts, which is organising the event, said: “Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday is celebrated around the world with traditions such as the pancake race. We’ve brought some of those traditions together, blended them with international performers and artistic practice and then added a quirky, unique twist particular to Yarmouth and its people. The event is about drawing attention to this unique street, bringing trade to the businesses located there and creatively involving them in the street’s future development.”

The St George’s development, led by internationally renowned architects, Hopkins Partners, will feature a specifically designed outdoor plaza and performance area to the south side of the chapel. The intention is that St George’s will deliver a year-round programme of events and activities, providing the community with a purpose built venue and attracting new audiences to the town.