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PICTURES AND VIDEO: Crowds brave the rain at colourful Barnstaple carnival

PUBLISHED: 17:37 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:21 19 September 2017

Ellie Councell and Scarlett Rolls made a big impression at the carnival as beautiful creatures, a unicorn and a flamingo. Picture: Andy Keeble

Ellie Councell and Scarlett Rolls made a big impression at the carnival as beautiful creatures, a unicorn and a flamingo. Picture: Andy Keeble

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Fantastic show of community spirit at climax of Barnstaple fair week.

Making some noise on the First North Devon Scouts School of Rock-themed float. Picture: Andy Keeble Making some noise on the First North Devon Scouts School of Rock-themed float. Picture: Andy Keeble

Thousands of people lined the streets for Barnstaple’s 71st carnival yesterday (Saturday).

The colour and noise of the annual parade outshone the heavy showers that set in just minutes before the crowning of carnival queen Kimberley Jump.

Brollies went up as the crown came down but the smiles were as big as ever.

Kimberley, 13, was selected as this year’s queen at a special ‘queen choosing’ event at the Barnstaple Hotel in July.

Sarah Silvester and Demi Osborne on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble Sarah Silvester and Demi Osborne on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Park Community School pupil was attended by nine-year-old Sticklepath Primary School pupil Brooke Woollacott, and eight-year-old Newport Primary School pupil Alexandra Pinto.

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Rachel Robinson and Beth Cullen on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble Rachel Robinson and Beth Cullen on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble

Kimberley also received £250 prize money thanks to sponsorship from Tesco. Brooke and Alexandra each received £100.

It’s been a few years since it rained on Barnstaple’s parade – 2011 was the last wet weather carnival – but the crowds looked every bit as big.

Members of Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society are busy rehearsing for a production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Queens Theatre next spring. Picture: Andy Keeble Members of Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society are busy rehearsing for a production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Queens Theatre next spring. Picture: Andy Keeble

And there was a large turn-out of entries too, with Fifth North Devon Scouts scooping the best Barnstaple and supreme champion cups for their Jungle Book-themed float.

Carnival committee chairman John White said: “On behalf of the committee we would like to thank everybody involved for making this year’s carnival a success despite the weather.

There was live music and dancing on the Montys Caribbean Kitchen float. Picture: Andy Keeble There was live music and dancing on the Montys Caribbean Kitchen float. Picture: Andy Keeble

The finale with the fireworks were brilliant. Hope to see you all again to make next year’s carnival bigger and better!”

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt awards the supreme champion cup to the Fifth North Devon Scouts. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt awards the supreme champion cup to the Fifth North Devon Scouts. Picture: Andy Keeble

The Vikings of the Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club. Picture: Andy Keeble The Vikings of the Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band. Picture: Andy Keeble

A steampunk-inspired entry from Ilfracombe. Picture: Andy Keeble A steampunk-inspired entry from Ilfracombe. Picture: Andy Keeble

Captain Hook  aka Wendy Phillips  with grandchildren Jacob Harris and Amelia Humphreys-Bains. Picture: Andy Keeble Captain Hook  aka Wendy Phillips  with grandchildren Jacob Harris and Amelia Humphreys-Bains. Picture: Andy Keeble

Alicia Coles, from Bideford, braves a challenge on the Xplosion Cheerleaders Im a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here float. Picture: Andy Keeble Alicia Coles, from Bideford, braves a challenge on the Xplosion Cheerleaders Im a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here float. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Fun on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble Fun on the Alice in Wonderland-themed Kiddywinks Nursery float. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple carnival queen Kimberley Jump with princesses Brooke Woollacott and Alexandra Pinto. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple carnival queen Kimberley Jump with princesses Brooke Woollacott and Alexandra Pinto. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt crowns carnival queen Kimberley Jump. Picture: Andy Keeble

Bideford carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe, with attendants Savannah Hawkins and Denni-Leigh Bull, fairy queen Lola Barnes, and flower girl Morgan Olivia Woods. Picture: Andy Keeble Bideford carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe, with attendants Savannah Hawkins and Denni-Leigh Bull, fairy queen Lola Barnes, and flower girl Morgan Olivia Woods. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival Committee chairman John White. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival Committee chairman John White. Picture: Andy Keeble

Despicable Mes Gru  aka Tim Collings  and minion Paige. Picture: Andy Keeble Despicable Mes Gru  aka Tim Collings  and minion Paige. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble Barnstaple Carnival 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

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