Battle of Flowers
Cybermen and Dalek for Battle
By Ryan Morrison
The BBC are bringing over a Dalek and two Cybermen for this years Battle of Flowers.
This year two of the most dangerous creatures in the universe will be taking part in a flower festival to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.
OK so they might not be doing much love spreading but they will be at the 2007 Battle of Flowers in August.
The BBC in Jersey and the Battle of Flowers Committee have teamed up to bring a Dalek, the Cybermen and their vocal master, Nick Briggs to the island to 'perform' at the annual carnival.
They will go around the arena on a float and will be talking to the crowds as they make their way around the Arena.
The Dalek and Cybermen are the ones from the most recent run of Doctor Who series featuring David Tennant as Doctor Who.
As well as two of the best baddies in the Whoniverse there will be other major changes to this years event.
The biggest is the introduction of free standing room entry to the Arena - this is on a first come, first served basis but will allow people to come down on Battle day and watch the floats as they make their way around.
This is only for the day parade though, the moonlight parade the next day will still be ticket only and you'll need to pay to get into the arena.
If you pay to go to the day parade you will get to see more than those getting in free. Those paying for tickets to the grandstand area will, in addition to seeing the floats, be treated to a range of entertainment organised by former Opera House owner Dick Ray.
This will include stunt men, acrobats, celebrity lookalikes including Laurel and Hardy, John Cleese and Pirates of the Carribean as well as other acts.
The Red Barrows, a comic air display team will also be performing and the grand finale will see a free-fall parachute team.
That's not all though - voting is changing this year with the winners being announced during the festival and commentry in the arena will be provided by BBC Jersey's own Roger Bara and Ed "Stewpot" Stewart.
Although there will be free entry for people standing, something that normally would cost around £5, there are tickets available for people whoprefer to sit in the main grandstand.
These will also be easier to get hold of than in previous years with tickets being sold by Marks & Spencer, Co-Op and Jersey Tourism.
The 2007 Battle of Flowers Day Parade is on Thursday 9 August 2007 at 14:30. Tickets range from £25 for an Executive Grandstand Seat to completely free for someone standing.
The Moonlight Parade is on Moonlight Parade Friday 10 August 2007 at 21:00. Tickets for the Moonlight Parade range from the Executive Grandstand Seat at £25 to £5 for an adult standing or free for a child with an accompanying standing adult.
You can also by a weekend Grandstand seat (covers both Day and Moonlight Parade) for £25 which is a £5 saving on buying two individual tickets.
last updated: 12/07/07
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