Barnstaple Carnival Success
BIGGER and better than ever before; those were the words being used to describe Barnstaple s annual carnival, which took place on Saturday.
BIGGER and better than ever before; those were the words being used to describe Barnstaple's annual carnival, which took place on Saturday.
Perfect late summer weather set the scene as thousands of families lined the streets to enjoy the carnival procession around the town.
"We had great weather, great crowds and some absolutely fantastic entries," said carnival committee spokesperson Lesley Windsor.
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"The event just keeps getting bigger and better every year and most importantly, raises thousands of pounds for charities in the town - I'm still counting the all the money donated on Saturday.
"New ideas and technology are coming through all the time and every year, the people who enter get even more creative. We had 20 more floats take part than last year - we hope the carnival will continue to grow as an event."
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A total of 62 entries took part in this year's parade, including 18 floats pulled by articulated lorries and 28 tractor-towed floats, as well as walking characters.
Overall winner this year was the Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band whose toy box-themed entry won the band the Percy Brend Cup.
The best visiting float went to the Wheddon Cross Carnival Club with a spooky "Fright Night" entry complete with opening coffins and flying witches.
There were also lots of creative entries in this year's Kidz Karnival procession, which took place from Castle Green before the main event. Among the winners was three-year-old Caitlin Gubb for her wintry-inspired Snow Queen outfit.
For pictures from this year's carnival, follow the link below.
RESULTS in full:
CLASS 1 -Best decorated float by a school youth group or charitable organisation:
1st Winter Wonderland - Falcons Gymnastic Academy
2nd Look After Our World - Orchard Vale School
3rd The Blitz - Barnstaple Musical Comedy Society
CLASS 2 - Best humorous float
1st Jurassic Park - Watermouth Lodges
2nd Seize the Moment
3rd Super Fun - North Devon Leisure Centre
CLASS 3 - Best decorated float (majority of persons 18 years and over)
1st Fright Night - Wheddon Cross CC
2nd Fairy Land - South Molton Vintage Rally
3rd We've Got No Talent - Challacombe and Friends
CLASS 5 - Best commercial
2nd One for the Road
3rd John Baglow and Mr Blobby
CLASS 6 - Children (under 14)
1st Snow Queen - Caitlin Gubb
2nd Thomas the Tank Engine - Oliver Lovering
3rd Nanny's Little Princess - Chloe Lovering
CLASS 7 - Adults (singles/pairs)
1st Lady Victoria - Joan Walton
2nd Elvis - Desmond Cockram
3rd T Birds - Paul Carr and James
CLASS 8 - Groups (majority of persons 18 years and under)
1st Little Mr and Mrs
2nd Funky Fish - Lampard Community School
3rd Tarka Tennis Centre
CLASS 9 - Groups (majority of persons 18 years and over)
1st Flying Colours
2nd Zombie March - Ryan Martin and friends
3rd Tarka Tennis Centre
CLASS 10 - Groups with mode of transport
1st Toy Box - Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band
2nd Musical Memories - North Devon All Starz
3rd North Devon Theatres - Cinderella
CLASS 11 - Best marching band
1st Army Cadets Corps of Drums
2nd Samba Sol, Bideford
CLASS 12 - Best majorettes
1st Barnstaple Town Majorettes
2nd Phoenix All Stars Majorettes
3rd Jay's Angels Majorettes
Best Barnstaple Entry: Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band - Toy Box
Best Visiting Entry: Wheddon Cross CC - Fright Night