Town’s traditional procession triumphs in the face of adversity

THE carnival spirit is still alive and well in Barnstaple as the first event under a new committee succeeded despite all the elements could throw at it.

The day was marred from start to finish by heavy rain showers which kept away the crowds and deterred some entries from turning up at all.

But those who did take part, including the young entrants in the afternoon Kidz Carnival, put on a brave face and defied the elements to put on a show to be proud of.

The carnival tradition almost died out last year, but was rescued by a new committee of local service organisations.

Committee chairman Jo Thompson praised everyone who took part in the day.

“We couldn’t do anything about the weather, but the response we received augers well for the future,” she said.

“Some of the children got wet at the Kidz carnival, but still went on and took part in the main procession, too.

“We were very pleased with the response from local people as well as those from Bideford, Ilfracombe and Torrington, which showed there is still interest in the carnival.

“There were not as many people along the route as normal because of the weather, but overall we were very pleased with the response.”

People were kept entertained all afternoon in the Square by a succession of music groups on the stage. The Mayor of Susa, Italy, Gemma Amprino crowned carnival queen Bethany Tippet, who was accompanied by her attendants, Holly and Lydia Marshall.

For more pictures of the carnival, see Wednesday’s North Devon Gazette.

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Results in full:

Supreme champion -1, Irish Jig, Wheddon Cross Carnival Club; 2, Peter Pan, North Devon All Starz. Bates Barnstaple float -1, Peter Pan, North Devon All Starz; 2, Treasure Island, Kiddywinks Nursery.

Junior Organisations: 1, Peter Pan, North Devon All Starz; 2, Treasure Island, Kiddywinks Nursery; 3, Alice in Wonderland, Falcons Gymnastic Academy.

Charitable: 1, Dr Who’s Tardis, Lions Club of Barnstaple; 2,Memories, Children’s Hospice South West; 3, Sanat’s Sleigh, TLC Ilfracombe; Highly commended, Sound of Music, Barnstaple Musical Comedy Society.

Open - 1, Noah’s Ark, Goodleigh Grasshoppers Pre-school; 2, Mrs Recycle and the Recyclables, Goodleigh Girls; 3, Artrial Arts,Cheng Baguazhang, Bideford; Highly commended: Market Vets.

Open 40ft plus -1, Irish John, Wheddon Cross Carnival Club; 2, Corrugated Farm, Atlas Packaging, Barnstaple; 3, North Devon Banger Club. Highly commended; Pole Fitness, Barnstaple.

Trade -1, Olympics, Sainsbury’s, Barnstaple; 2,B Line Taxis, Barnstaple; 3, Go Kart Party, Barnstaple.

Individual Walkers -1, Tarka the Otter, the Rickman Family, Northam; 2,Wizard of Oz, Ms Gubb, Bideford; 3, Annie. Pairs -1, Dinosaur Stilt Walkers, Winkleigh.

Walking groups -1, Lego Policemen, Torridgeside Carnival Club; 2, Holywell Primary School and Tawtsock Pre-School; 3,The Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Combe Martin ladies. Highly commended: We are the World, Oxfam, Barnstaple.

Marchers: -1, Parkham Spinners; 2, Barnstaple Town; 3, Tarka Starlightz, Barnstaple.

Kidz Carnival: Under Fives -1, Princess Peach, Holly Hotson. Pairs Under Five, Annies, Ashley and Paige.

Singles, aged five-11 -1, Wizard of Oz, Katlin Gubb; 2, Princess Peach, CLA Bridges; 3, Super Mario, Molly Hotson.

Groups -1, Lego Policemen, Torridgeside CC.; 2,Children’s Summer Club, Barnstaple; 3, Freaky Badgers, Barnstaple St John Badgers.