APPLEDORE was buzzing on Sunday when the annual carnival swept through the seaside village. A parade of imaginatively-costumed characters were led by Appledore Pirates chairman John Cole, fellow pirate Terry Bowden and young pirate, 10-year-old Brandon B

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APPLEDORE was buzzing on Sunday when the annual carnival swept through the seaside village.

A parade of imaginatively-costumed characters were led by Appledore Pirates' chairman John Cole, fellow pirate Terry Bowden and young pirate, 10-year-old Brandon Bailey.

The trio of Jolly Rogers were followed by the Appledore Band, who shared the helm with 11-year-old carnival queen Laura Cloke and her entourage, attendants Charlotte Strangeway, 11, and Georgia Passey, 8, and fairies Ellie Macdonald, 7, and Sophie Dearing-Eastmond, 8.

A samba band added a further splash of colour and sound; but if the crowds lining the quayside were moving to a beat, it probably had as much to do with avoiding a swarm of flying ants that chose to make an unwanted appearance in time for the grand parade.

The air was a-buzz with the flying insects that fly out to mate when the weather is hot and humid.

But there were no flies on best pub winners the Beaver Inn, who impressed judges with a stunning take on the hit film Avatar.

Other rosettes went to Appledore "pilot" Terry Bailey, who welded two bikes together to create a pedal-powered bi-plane.