Guernsey Press

Alderney gets ready for Wonderland during Alderney Week

WONDERLAND is taking over in Alderney as final preparations are being made ahead of Alderney Week.

Organisers of Alderney Week are adding the final touches to Wonderland Week. Left to right: James Clarke, Vicky Chandler, Claire Digney, Caitlin Cotton and Wayne Chandler.

Despite officially starting on Monday, some events such as quarry parties and Rock The Rock, featuring The Rubix, supported by Element 6, take place from tomorrow.

‘Wonderland can be whatever you want it to be, Alice in Wonderland, Winter Wonderland, people can make it their own,’ said organising team leader Wayne Chandler.

‘We’ve been flat out with the planning, but we’re now in the final stages.

‘The weather has meant that some of the marquees have been delayed coming over from Guernsey, but there’s not much we can do about that, so we’ll take it as it comes.’

He added that he hopes the weather holds up for the bands to arrive for Rock the Rock, which raises money for Alderney Cancer Relief and other local charities.

Monday is Cavalcade Day, a bank holiday in Alderney, and decorated floats will parade down Victoria Street towards the Butes and the fair.

This year, the cavalcade will include the new addition of a motorbike stunt rider.

Alderney Week’s annual iconic events will be back, such as the man-powered flight, daft raft race and bunker parties.

The week will once again close with a large bonfire and torchlight procession.

People can purchase torches to walk from the Island Hall to the Butes to be met with a firework display.

‘Usually the torchlight ceremony is the indicator of how many people will attend.

‘Last year we sold 1,500 torches, so I would expect a few thousand people to be at Alderney Week this year.’

Miss Alderney Hollie Jenkins will be attending numerous events to take part or present prizes and awards.

Her favourite Alderney Week events are the cavalcade and the torchlight procession, the man-powered flight and the daft raft race.

She will be on a Miss Alderney float in the cavalcade, which has been made by her family.

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