Malmesbury presents carnival of delights
Hundreds of people congregated along Malmesbury High Street to watch an array of colourful floats, bands and street performers at the carnival on Saturday.
Pigs, pirates, pumpkins, sailors and witch doctors were among the numerous costumes and designs that brightened up the town.
“It was a really fantastic procession,” said committee member Christine Stoodley.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bits and we would like to thank the public for supporting us again as well; without them we wouldn’t make any money for local groups.
“We also had 20 to 30 people volunteer on Sunday to be cash counters, including a few new faces, so that was good.”
Organisers of this year’s festival and carnival say they are delighted with the success of the procession and month of events, which raised a considerable amount more than in 2012.
“It was much, much better than last year,” said committee member Tony Kellett.
“We collected something in the region of £3,700 just from the procession and we are up to just over £15,000 for the whole carnival, and we are still counting.”
The Whole Hog won the commercial float category with their Captain Flood and the Pirates of the Caribbacon entry, followed by Malmesbury Surgery’s witch doctors display.
Lea Primary School’s Pumpkin Patch float won in the best club/school category, followed by Malmesbury Junior YFC’s beach themed float.
The Shaw family came first with their desert island discs in the friends and family float category, and K and S Childcare won in the clubs and schools walkers competition with their ‘Something Fishy’ theme.
The Monday Club won the wheelchair/mobility vehicle class with a Long John Silver entry and Cynthia Rowston’s flower power theme scooped the ‘people with additional needs’ category.
Applications for carnival funding closes tomorrow.
Small groups and organisation in the town who would like to receive funding from the carnival committee need to download an application form from the carnival website www.malmesburycarnival.co.uk
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