Devizes Carnival entrants turn on the style

This Is Wiltshire: Mayor Sarah Bridewell makes a samba-dancing friend at Devizes Carnival Mayor Sarah Bridewell makes a samba-dancing friend at Devizes Carnival

From mini majorettes to sultry samba dancers, Devizes had the carnival spirit on Saturday night.

Thousands of people lined the route as the floats and walking entries left The Green at 6pm.

Many local primary schools entered into the fun by taking part after holding after school clubs to create their outfits.

Southbroom Juniors - now known as Southbroom St James' Academy - and Southbroom Infants turned on the style under the leadership of teacher Rachel Merritt.

Their walking entry Up, Up and Away included hot air balloons and planes.

Miss Merritt said: "We really love taking part. There are 65 people in total this year."

Wansdyke Primary School for the second year running took to the back of a lorry for their entry which this time was The Muppets.

Mums Louise Blake and Sally Cox organised after school clubs for the pupils and parents to design their costumes.

Mrs Blake said: "We have all been practising our songs and actions."

This years judging did not take place on The Green but from a short way down the route.

One of the judges Julz Davis who is part of the St Paul's carnival in Bristol said: "What I want is lots of energy and to see people enjoying themselves."

More pictures to follow online and in the Gazette & Herald on Thursday


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