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NN May 18

NN Pulse May 18 Northampton
From the Editor

As May arrives I am secretly hoping we have seen the last of those frosty mornings and that I can now begin to peel off the layers and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. But I'm not counting my chickens - British weather and all that.

Northampton in Bloom 2018 officially launched last month and entries are now open for people who want to take part in the competition and help to transform the town with floral displays this summer. The competition is open to everyone from novices to professional gardeners, so if you're green fingered, why not enter - you never know, the weather *might* go in your favour...

As the country prepares to welcome Meghan Markle into the Royal family on 19th May, Northampton Town Centre will come alive as the annual Street Circus makes a welcome return (I'm not even going to attempt a link here...) There will be street entertainers, walkabout performances, acrobatics, piano shows and loads more. It's a definite for any family and will certainly keep the kids entertained - far more than the Royal Wedding I think...

Northampton Carnival also returns in June, and this year the organisers have chosen the significant theme of “Peace, Hope & Unity Through Carnival” for their spectacular event on Saturday 9th June. The Racecourse Park and the streets of Northampton will be alive with pageantry and excitement, colour and music and endless fun and entertainment and you must go and watch it if you haven't before - the costumes and showmanship are just fabulous.

I must take this opportunity to Congratulate everyone who took part in the sell-out concert at the Spinney Hill Theatre to raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK last month. The concert, organised by Northampton Male Voice Choir, included a “volunteer” choir of 62 men who had been recruited to form a scratch choir to help NMVC raise money for the Prostate Cancer charity. Overall, the event raised a whopping £15,000 for the charity - well done lads!

Inside this month you can win one of five pairs of tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 at the NEC. If you're more of a foodie (that's me), we also have tickets to the Towcester Food Festival and afternoon tea for two at Patisserie Valerie, Rushden Lakes up for grabs. Good luck!

See you in June everyone!

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