December 20 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Dozens of colourful floats and walking entries paraded around the town on Saturday evening.
HISTORY from around the world came alive on Saturday evening as hundreds of people turned out for the annual Bideford Carnival.
From geishas and hippies to evacuees and synchronised swimmers, dozens of colourful floats and walkers paraded around the town.
Among them was June Upton, who at the age of 71 was celebrating her 40th year in the carnival.
June, whose costume was called ‘Lest We Forget’, said she was proud to have been taking part for so long.
“I will keep going until I can’t do it anymore,” she said.
“It’s a good bit of fun and probably the only night I can make an idiot of myself and not regret it the next morning.”
Many entrants had spent hours painstakingly crafting their costumes and floats.
Caitlin Gubb, aged seven, chose to come dressed as Egyptian queen Cleopatra, for a special reason.
Her mum, Mandy Gubb, explained: “We chose Cleopatra in memory of Pat Humphries – Cleo-‘Pat’-ra.
“She always made our carnival costumes and sadly passed away last year so we wanted to do something in her memory.
“Caitlin has been doing Bideford Carnival every year since she was 10 months old, and won her category three years in a row.”
Adrian Nelmes, carnival secretary, said he was very pleased with the turnout this year.
He said: “It was brilliant, and at least the weather was kind to us.
“The carnival committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone that entered the carnival and all the organisers.
“We’d also like to say thank you to Morrisons and Radford’s Newsagents for giving out the entrance forms.”