TICKETS to a historically popular Bridgwater Carnival event will be made available for collection later this month.

The Old Folks Show - which was originally designed to thank local pensioners for their support, and keep the carnival spirit alive during the winter months - will take place over three days from Thursday, March 21 until Saturday, March 23 at Bridgwater Town Hall.

Free tickets to the event's 60th edition will be available to collect from the Carnival Centre on the High Street, on Friday, February 23 between 10am and 12pm.Bridgwater Mercury: The show attracts over 60s in their numbers every year.The show attracts over 60s in their numbers every year. (Image: Andy Bennett)

The show is organised by local carnivalite, Wayne Anker, with support from the Bridgwater Gangs and Features members, and their president, Arthur Leigh and his wife, Lynne.

Carnivalites also help with the stewarding, sound, lighting, compering, backstage arrangements, first aid, and refreshments at the show.

Bridgwater Gangs and Features carnival clubs donated £600 to Mind in Somerset and £600 to Stockmoor Lodge Residents Fund from the charity collection following the raffles at the 2023 Old Folks Shows.

Arthur Leigh, President of Bridgwater Gangs and Features, said: “Every year these tickets are highly sought after, and we would strongly encourage anyone who wants to go to collect their ticket asap to avoid disappointment, especially as we have less seating this year.

“There is absolutely no charge for the tickets, and we would like for those who are over 60 to come along and enjoy an evening with the Bridgwater Gangs and Features carnival clubs, local dance troupes and front of curtain acts”.

Any remaining tickets after they first become available on Friday, February  23 can be collected from the carnival centre during normal opening hours.

Those collecting tickets should advise if attending in a wheelchair with a carer, or if a disability aid will be used.