HOYLAKE will be gripped by carnival fever tomorrow afternoon when a parade takes place as part of the town's seventh Festival of Firsts.

Hundreds are expected to line the streets to watch a parade with a theme of Wirral Through the Ages, taking place along Market Street from 2-3pm.

According to the Festival of Firsts' website you can 'expect to see Vikings, fishermen, golfers and historic figures who have shaped our area, with maybe a glimpse of what the Wirral of tomorrow will look like.'

The paraders will be accompanied by Wirral Pipe Band and Wirral Samba.

Road closures will be in place on Market Street, from the roundabout to Queens Park during the event.

At the same time there will be a family fun day with music, dance at nearby Queen's Park.

There will also be stalls and drop-in art workshops for children.

Looking ahead to the parade Judy Ugonna OBE, festival secretary told the Globe this morning: "Hooray! Hoylake's annual carnival parade has come round again!

"We invite everyone - young and old - to come out and participate in a bit of fun and community celebration."

Full details on this year's festival from www.festivaloffirsts.com/