A DOZEN large fibreglass ‘squibs’ will be decorated by community groups to help celebrate this year’s Bridgwater Carnival.

The 8ft structures are being made by Gremlins Carn-ival Club member Wayne Anker and have been inspired by popular city art projects such as the Bristol gorillas and Bath lions.

Squibs are long poles to which fireworks are attached and are used in the traditional squibbing ceremony each year.

Last month, for the first time, a squibbing display was held outside Somerset when hundreds of squibbers travelled to Weymouth to take part in a ceremony marking the start of the 2012 Olympic sailing competition.

A spokesman for Bridgwat-er Carnival said: “We want the community to get involved in our carnival in a different way this year.

“What better than to decorate something that is unique to Bridgwater Carnival, and a symbol of what makes us different to the rest.

“The town has many talented people and we are sure that this will encourage many youngsters to come up with something totally different.”

Funding for the project came from the Arts Council of England. Anyone interested in taking part should call 01278-428220 or email hockin gc@bridgwater.ac.uk.

o Anyone wishing to select their exact seat for the Bridgwater Carnival Concerts who does not have internet access is being invited to attend the Carnival Centre in Bridgwater High Street from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 1. Tickets are still available at www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk o Charities still have time to benefit from the street collections on Carnival night. For information call 01823-451324 or email mark@bridg watercarnival.org.uk – the closing date is this Friday (August 24).

o Anyone interested in volunteering as a marshal on carnival night should call Gary Stephens on 07711-446930.