Bideford takes a trip around the globe for colourful ‘countries’-themed carnival
PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 11 September 2017
All the pictures and video from Bideford carnival and massed pipes and drums event on Saturday.
Bideford took a trip around the globe on Saturday for its ‘countries’-themed carnival.
Colourful walkers and floats dressed up in their finest costumes to bring the town to life for the annual parade.
From Donald Trump to Batman, the usual inventive mix of costumes took centre-stage as they were led through the town by Bideford Town Band.
Carnival regulars and cousins, Caitlin Gubb, 11, Ashley-May Bennett, 10, and Paige Butler-Bennett, eight, donned their usual spectacular costumes.
Ashley-May’s mum Pauline said: “The costumes took around three months to make.”
Another regular face was June Upton, who was wearing a very patriotic ‘Best of England’ outfit she made herself.
“This is my 45th carnival now; the costume took me a few weeks to make on-and-off,” she said.
West Croft School took part in the parade with a car made by the year six pupils.
Carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe, 11, was the star of the show, and was crowned on the Bideford Reds balcony by mayor Dermot McGeough.
She was attended to by Savannah Hawkins, 15; Denni-Leigh Bull, 15; fairy queen Lola Barnes, nine; and flower girl Morgan Olivia Woods, seven.
After the carnival was the massed pipes and drums event, which saw more than 140 pipers and drummers perform on the Quay.
They were joined by singer Tamsin Ball, and after the performance, the evening was finished off with a fireworks display.
Scroll down to see more pictures from Bideford Carnival and the Massed Pipes and Drums.