Appledore was buzzing, me 'antsome'
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
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.
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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.
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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.