Pictures: Carnival spirit alive and well in South Molton

Alexander (left) and Francesca Cox on the South Molton Girls and Boys Brigade Lion King float. Pictu

Alexander (left) and Francesca Cox on the South Molton Girls and Boys Brigade Lion King float. Picture by Trevor Brayley. - Credit: Archant

New committee takes on the task of organising annual town parade.

South Molton carnival queen Jess Watkinson, pictured with princess Morgan Hosker and page boy George

South Molton carnival queen Jess Watkinson, pictured with princess Morgan Hosker and page boy George Scarrett is crowned by the mayor and mayoress Steve and Margaret White. Picture by Trevor Brayley. - Credit: Archant

A NEW-look carnival committee put on a show to remember in South Molton on Saturday.

South Molton Pre-school staff are pictured with their memorial banner for Di Seatherton. Picture by

South Molton Pre-school staff are pictured with their memorial banner for Di Seatherton. Picture by Trevor Brayley. - Credit: Archant

South Molton Rotary Club has taken on the mantle of organising the annual event, the pride of the town’s Lions Club for 25 years.

Celia Larler and Oliver, from Meshaw. Picture by Trevor Brayley.

Celia Larler and Oliver, from Meshaw. Picture by Trevor Brayley. - Credit: Archant

During that time, it raised more than £40,000 for local good causes and although the money collected on Saturday is still to be counted, Rotary president Peter Hardwick hopes it will be every bit as successful.

“In terms of community spirit it was an excellent day,” he said.


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“South Molton carnival is always well-supported by people and it wasn’t bad considering the weather forecast.

“We had a very large procession – you’re never quite sure until the day as many people turn up at short notice.”

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The day began with the crowning of carnival queen Jess Watkinson by the mayor and mayoress Steve and Margaret White.

The Year 10 South Molton Community College pupil was accompanied by princess Morgan Hosker and page boy George Scarrett, both six from the infants’ school, on a tour of the community hospital and various care homes.

Later, they led the procession with members of South Molton and Torrington town bands.

Of the 30-or-so floats taking part, perhaps the most poignant was that of South Molton Pre-school, which recreated the popular children’s book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, in memory of former play leader Dianne Seatherton, who passed away last month

Pre-school supervisor Sarah Cooper said: “Dianne worked at the pre-school for 20 years and we thought it would be nice to dedicate this year’s entry to her.

“We always enter the carnival and Dianne was always the driving force behind the costumes and artwork for the floats. And she’d always help the families create the costumes.

“We decided on the bear hunt theme as it was one of Dianne’s favourite stories and the children love reading it too.”

The day ended with a showcase event in the pannier market for local clubs and organisations.

Mr Hardwick added: “The five-or-six people on our carnival committee worked extremely hard and with only 27 members in total, everyone in the club had to pull their weight.

“We also had a great deal of help from across the community, including from the Lions club and Rotary clubs in Barnstaple.

“Mervyn Way is also a great supporter of local events and provided us with lorries and drivers as well as financial support. He even took part in the judging.”

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