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Sunday, August 18, 2013
It was party time for the people of Beccles over the weekend as residents of the north Suffolk town came out in force to celebrates its annual long-running carnival.
The two day Beccles Carnival saw a wide range of family fun, entertainment and a colourful cavalcade weaving its way through the town.
The fun started on Saturday with a Teddy bears picnic at the Quayside along with the carnival mascot picnic, which saw a madcap mascot race and a children’s fancy dress competition.
Then on Saturday night there was a night of live mucic at the Beccles Quay Rocks event.
Today saw the annual carnival parade set off from Roys car park and make its way to the Quayside as it was led by the Beccles Carnival queen Destiny Hoffman and her attendants.
People lined the streets as the floats, people in fancy dress, musicians and dancers processed through the town.
The Ingate pub float had a winning theme of hillbillies and scarecrows from Mutford and the military-themed Suffolk Cycle Corps also drew admiring glances and cheers of support.
And as people watched the eye-catching parade entrants there were asked to dig out their loose change and make donations in aid of the carnival.
During the fun weekend the Beccles Bell Tower was also open to the public and as well as giving people spectacular views of the Waveney Valley, there were a wood-turning demonstrations.
Beccles Carnival has long been an important part of the town. Carnivals were held in the town before 1900 and were originally linked with the Beccles Hospital Fete.
The carnival was then linked with Beccles Regatta before it became an event in its own right it the 1960s.