Spectacular carnival brings Bideford quayside to life

THOUSANDS of people lined Bideford Quay yesterday (Saturday) to welcome hundreds of colourful characters taking part in this year s carnival. Crowds watched a procession featuring dozens of brightly decorated four seasons-themed floats representing loca

THOUSANDS of people lined Bideford Quay yesterday (Saturday) to welcome hundreds of colourful characters taking part in this year's carnival.

Crowds watched a procession featuring dozens of brightly decorated "four seasons-themed" floats representing local schools and youth groups. They were also treated to displays by various local majorette troops and a lively performance by Torrington's Streetz Dance Crew.

Bideford carnival queen Nicole Luongo, 14, attendants Pia Short-Luongo, 12, and Sophie Timbrell-Hancocks, 14, carnival princess Amy Curtis, 9, and flower girl Emily Glover, 10, were joined by Holsworthy's fairy princess as well as Bude's carnival royalty.

And bringing a taste of the Highlands to Devon, the Massed Pipes and Drums were back in Bideford for another spectacular display.

Hundreds of pipers and drummers put on a rousing performance along the quayside in what is thought to be the biggest gathering of pipers and drummers in the South West of England.

The fun ended with a spectacular firework display.

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For the full story and pictures, read Wednesday's North Devon Gazette.

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