Pictures: Barnstaple carnival brings out the crowds

12:23 26 September 2012

Carnival Queen Imogen Dawes makes a grand appearance at the crowning ceremony. To order this picture and view others, click on the myphotos24 tab on the right of this page or follow the link from the homepage.

Carnival Queen Imogen Dawes makes a grand appearance at the crowning ceremony. To order this picture and view others, click on the myphotos24 tab on the right of this page or follow the link from the homepage.


Town centre comes to standstill for annual charity procession.

Barnstaple Carnival 2012. To order this picture and view others, click on the myphotos24 tab on the right of this page or follow the link from the homepage.Barnstaple Carnival 2012. To order this picture and view others, click on the myphotos24 tab on the right of this page or follow the link from the homepage.

BARNSTAPLE delved deep into the dressing up box to put on its best – and sometimes most outrageous – carnival bib and tucker on Saturday.

The town centre came to a standstill as traffic gave way to carnival floats and thousands of people lined the streets to enjoy a riot of sound and colour at the annual charity procession.

Although the number of floats was down on previous years, the crowds appeared to be every bit as big, with spectators jostling for position on the Strand and the Square, as well as many other prime locations on route.

The weather played its part too. Last year aside, Barnstaple has had a happy habit of dodging wet weather in recent years and the fine September conditions gave no indication of the deluge to come the following day.

Fair carnival committee chairman Jo Thompson thanked sponsors, volunteers and all those who participated ‘to bring Barnstaple alive on a glorious sunny afternoon’.

She said: “There will no doubt be comments about the reduction in actual float numbers but anyone who has planned, prepared and decorated a vehicle for carnival will be aware of the time it takes, the planning, the manpower and the overall cost.

“Credit must be given to those who did respond for the splendid variety and very high standard of floats entered.

“All the walkers also spend time and effort too so thanks go to all who made the effort to participate to provide a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.”

The day kicked off with live entertainment on the Square, followed by a kidz carnival, majorette displays by the Heritage Centre and singing by members of the Rejoice the Voice community choir.

Carnival Queen Imogen Dawes was crowned by Mayor of Barnstaple Lesley Brown, and her princesses Saskia Vickery and Alana Manley were presented with their sashes before the carnival set off along the Strand, led by Barnstaple Youth Marching Band.

Ms Thompson said committee members were currently counting 100 buckets plus collection tins and would have an idea of the amount raised for local good causes by the end of the week.

Results – Barnstaple Fair Carnival 2012

Junior Organisations: 1, Bugsy Malone – North Devon All Starz; 2, Joseph and His Techicolour Dreamcoat – HOF Carnival Club; 3, Aladdin – Children’s Summer Club.

Charitable Organisations: 1, Disneyland Goodleigh – Goodleigh Grasshoppers Pre-School; 2, Back to the 80’s – Alverdiscott Young Farmers’ Club; 3, Narnia – Children’s Hospice South West.

Anything Goes (under 20ft): 1, The Puppet Maker. B and M Carnival Club; 2, Exmoor Search and Rescue.

Anything Goes (over 20ft): 1, Formula One – Atlas Packaging; 2, Barum Mower Club.

Visiting Royalty: Bideford Carnival Queen.

Jubilee Float: Wheddon Cross Carnival Club.

Jubilee Walking (Group): The Queen’s Miniature Guard – Torridgeside Carnival Club.

Trade: 1, Mr Blobby – Bonkers Fancy Dress; 2, The Voice FM; 3, Heart FM.

Majorettes: 1, Parkham Spinners; 2, Tarka Starlightz; 3, Barnstaple Town Majorettes.

Walking (Individual): 1, Iron Man; 2, Tea in the Garden; 3, The Great British Summer; Highly commended, Elvis.

Walking (Pairs): The Beefeaters.

Walking (Groups): 1, The Very Hungry Caterpillar; 2, Monsters; 3, Granny Abba.

Walking (Group with a mode of transport): Georgies; 2, Henry VIII- I am – I am; 3, Grin and Bear Roller Derby Girls; Highly commended, Thrill the World.

Best Walking Entry: Iron Man.

Best Barnstaple Entry: Bugsy Malone.

Supreme Award: Wheddon Cross Carnival Club

Results – Barnstaple Fair Carnival Kidz Carnival Results (sponsored by Philip Milton and Trimstone Manor Hotel):

Singles (Under 5): 1, Queen of Hearts, Lucy Gayton; 2, Noddy, Henry Gayton.

Pairs (Under 5): 1, Chinese Girls from Aladdin

Singles (5-11): 1, The Great British Summer, Ashleigh Bennett, Master Rogers; 2 Seagull; 3, Cheryl Cole, Miss Taylor.

Pairs (5-11): 1, The Owl and the Pussycat, Rogers family; 2, Jedward, Taylor family; 3, Aladdin and the Genie, Daisy Eaton and Molly Hotson.

Groups (Three or more age up to 11 years): 1, Aladdin – Children’s Summer Club; 2, Rainbow – Step by Step Community Group, Newport; 3, Queen’s Miniature Guards; Highly commended Torridgeside Carnival Club, Badgers GB-Barnstaple, St John Badgers.


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