July 31 2014 Latest news:
Monday, July 14, 2014
Heavy downpours didn’t dampen the spirits of crowds as they flocked to the streets of Attleborough to celebrate its annual carnival.
Around 3,000 people attended the two-day extravaganza, which saw the popular Party in the Park live music event return to the town on Saturday night before the traditional procession wound its way through the streets on Sunday.
Fire engines and classic cars led the colourful parade, which saw pirates, the White Rabbit, stiltwalkers and medieval knights march from Fairfield’s Estate to the Recreation Ground.
Sam Aghabi, one of the organisers, said: “It was a really good weekend - the only thing that let us down was a major rain shower, but most people stayed anyway.
“It all went really well, Saturday was amazing and the Sunday was just as enjoyable - I think everyone had a good time.”
As the procession finished the sun came out to brighten up the day, with live music, craft stalls, circus skills and falconry on hand to entertain all ages.
Special Kinda Madness - a Specials and Madness tribute act - took centre stage on Saturday night, with support from local bands Monroe and Desert Sleds.
Holly Cluton, 23, attended the festival with friends to celebrate her birthday.
“It’s been a really good day, despite the weather - we managed to stay dry, though. It’s nice to see so many people supporting the town,” she said.
The carnival, which cost around £10,000, is a firm favourite in the town’s social calendar.
Town mayor Karen Pettitt said: “The carnival was a lovely event and it was nice to see so many clubs take part. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank to you to all businesses who helped and sponsored the event. This once again shows what great community spirit there is in Attleborough.”
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