December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Great turn-out for town’s annual charity parade.
THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Barnstaple to watch the town’s annual carnival earlier today (Saturday).
The colourful cavalcade featured around a dozen floats as well as scores of walking characters, including majorettes, marching bands, hula-hoopers and even roller skaters.
Rain earlier in the day had cleared by the time hundreds of dedicated carnival participants capped hours of hard work by putting the finishing touches to their entries.
Crowds stood up to five deep along the Strand and Square but many more found spots further along the one-and-a-half-mile circuit to catch a good view of the action and donate bucket-loads of cash to worthy causes.
A 101 Dalmatians-themed float entered by Torrington dog re-homing charity K9 Focus was named supreme champion by judges.
Charity founder Lynne Hall said she was delighted with the result, especially as the centre had recently celebrated re-homing their 200th dog.
Earlier, carnival queen Lauren Adams, 16, from Barnstaple, was crowned outside the Heritage Centre by Mayor Lesley Brown.
The Petroc A-level student led the mile-long parade with carnival princesses, Errin Fee, 8, also from Barnstaple, and Holly Griffin, 9, from Landkey.
There were majorette displays along the Strand and live music on Square, courtesy of Petroc students from The Factory; Sam Mayo; and bands Loney and iFunk.
As many people headed across the bridge to enjoy the final night of the fair at Seven Brethren, fireworks lit up the sky over the River Taw.
For many more pictures of the carnival, click on the gallery link at the top right of this page.