Now that we're well and truly into the summer, most of us are thinking about having a barbecue or going out dancing. And that can only mean one thing - it's carnival season. The life and soul of many tropical island parties is the steel pan. Asana Greenstreet went to meet the youngsters at Reading's All Steel Percussion Orchestra to see what it takes to learn this colourful instrument.
Now that we're well and truly into the summer - many of us are gearing up for carnivals in our towns and cities. Reading's All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) is offering people the chance to see what it takes to play the Caribbean instrument, the steel pans. Mary Genis is the Lead for RASPO.
Despite the grey skies, the streets of Reading were beaming with colour today thanks to the return of the town's community carnival.
The Caribbean-themed event, which attracts hundreds of people, was cancelled last year due to lack of funds and organisation. The carnival's vice chairman, Norman Fider, spoke to ITV Meridian.
The Reading Community Carnival will bring a Caribbean feel to the Berkshire town today. The carnival was controversially cancelled last year amid rows about cash and lack of organisation. Hundreds are expected in Prospect Park from 11am until 7pm.
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