Pirate float makes waves at South Molton carnival

A SWASHBUCKLING float made waves of its own at this year s South Molton carnival on Saturday. The Pirates of the River Mole entry by staff and customers from the Kings Arms pub was crowned overall champion, as well as best South Molton entry at the annu

A SWASHBUCKLING float made waves of its own at this year's South Molton carnival on Saturday.

The "Pirates of the River Mole" entry by staff and customers from the Kings Arms pub was crowned overall champion, as well as best South Molton entry at the annual event organised by the town's Lions' Club.

Landlord Mervyn Hutter said: "We enter every other year with staff and customers from the pub and local firm Mark Dayment.

"We've got this year's trophy to sit alongside those we won in 2003, 2005 and 2007."


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Fine late September weather saw crowds line the street to see this year's procession of colourful floats and walking characters.

"It was a good turnout, the town really supported us," said South Molton Lions' president Mary Aslan. "On the Square, people were four-or-five deep and we really couldn't have asked for better weather."

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Carnival queen Shona Ardy, 15, from South Molton Community College was crowned by Mayoress Margaret White. Accompanied by attendant Shane Tucker and princess Emily-Jane Oakley, both from the town's infant school, the royal party visited people at South Molton Community Hospital, Beech House, Eastleigh Care Home.

"They did an excellent job," added Mary. "I'd also like say thanks to all the businesses that supported the event - we could have done it without them."

For pictures and a full list of winners, read Wednesday's North Devon Gazette.

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