A NEW book has been published as preparations for Bishop's Castle carnival move to the final phase.

The book is the third and last in the series on the history of Bishop's Castle carnival which dates back to 1897, the first ever recorded carnival in town.

This year will be the 120th and to celebrate the committee organising the event has funded the third book.

Bishop's Castle carnival committee meet has met to finalise their plans for the carnival on Sunday, July 2.

There are a host of activities and stalls on carnival day including main ring events, traditional side shows and stalls which start at 2.00 p.m., the popular music stage which opens at 3.00 p.m. and a haka competition as well as the chance to win £100 in the mobile phone competition.

The ever popular steam and vintage vehicles will also be on parade on the day as well.

Floats will gather at Church Bank at 12.00 ready for judging at 12.30 and the traditional procession will go through the town ending up on the playing fields at 2pm where the carnival queen Emma Gwilliam and the junior princess Megan Morris will be crowned.

On the Friday evening before the carnival, the town treasure trail will take place. To take part you need to meet at the Castle Hotel at 6.00 pm.