PICTURE SPECIAL: Ilfracombe Carnival spirit is alive and kicking

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on ou

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on our home page. - Credit: Archant

Pictures galore from Thursday night’s carnival in Ilfracombe.

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on ou

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on our home page. - Credit: Archant

ZOMBIE pirates, Star Trek characters and a certain French café owner all took to the streets of Ilfracombe on Thursday for the town’s annual carnival.

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on ou

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on our home page. - Credit: Archant

All went smoothly for new organisers Ilfracombe Marketing Group, as a colourful collection of walkers and floats gathered at the swimming pool before making its way down to the High Street and along the seafront.

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on ou

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on our home page. - Credit: Archant

Wacky characters included Robina Hood and Her Jolly Ladies (complete with Wilma Scarlet and Little Joan), Little Britain Does the Royal Baby, the Studio Theatre cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo, Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas and many more.

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on ou

Scenes from Ilfracombe Carnival 2013. To order this picture, click on the Reader Photos button on our home page. - Credit: Archant

It had been feared the carnival would have to be cancelled this year after previous organiser St John Ambulance reluctantly gave it up, but it seems the carnival spirit is still alive and well in Ilfracombe.


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“Most people who came liked the whole finishing on the seafront idea and two people told me they thought St James Place and The Quay were busier than normal,” said Marnie Quy of the carnival committee.

“I must say the marshals were great as usual and without the help of volunteers from the various groups in the town we wouldn’t have any of these events.”

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But she added: “We were stretched to the limit and if the people of Ilfracombe want more next year, then at least some of them are going to have to stand up and be counted.

“We can’t extend the route without more volunteers. Thank you to the bands that played to entertain people during the day on the seafront.

“They are usually people you’d pay to go and see in the pubs around town but for the day they were volunteers as well. The Ilfracombe Tornados also turned up for a quick turn. Thanks to Charmaine Lilley who organised the musicians at late notice.”

* CLICK on the picture galleries to the top right of this story to see many more pictures from last night’s carnival.

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