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Landrake Carnival: Festival 15 minutes from Plymouth is making a comeback after five years

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One of the Plymouth area’s favourite festivals is returning this weekend – after a five year absence.

Landrake Festival is back this Saturday, July 1, 2017, with proceedings to start at 11am.

As the day draws closer, excitement is building up in the village.

Amy Newland, one of the festival organisers, said: “Hopefully it will bring everyone together.

“It was a shame that it wasn’t on for so long, but it’s great that it’s back now.

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“We can’t wait. Hopefully the weather holds out. I spent last night putting the bunting up in the rain.”#

It’s commitment such as that which has seen the festival return to Landrake for the first time since 2012.

Since the idea to hold the event again arose back in January, the organiders have been hard at work.

Every thursaday, the six-strong committee have met at the Bullers Arms pub in Landrake – for which Ms Newland is the landlady of – in order to plan the festival.

“We’ve met every Thursday for God knows how long.” Ms Newland said.

“There’s been a lot of planing and organising to do.

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“We’ll have 20 stalls in total, live music and people we’ll all be dressing up as well.

“We’ve also worked closely with the Sir Robert Geffery’s School and Demential Voice PL12, for whom the proceeds of this year’s festival will go to.

“Perhaps there were elements of village politics which meant that the festival wasn’t held for so long.

“But now we’ve all come together and rejuvinated it all, so we can’t wait for it to get started.”

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