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‘Fantastic’ festival parade may have had biggest turn out ever

PUBLISHED: 17:15 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:41 29 May 2018

Members of the parade getting into the festival spirit. Picture: Ian Burt

Members of the parade getting into the festival spirit. Picture: Ian Burt

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A week of entertainment is well under way after a town’s annual festival kicked off over the bank holiday weekend.

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

Downham Market Festival began with a carnival parade and arena events taking place on the Howdale on Bank Holiday Monday.

This year’s theme is “around the world” with all parts of the entertainment taking an element of it on board.

Downham Market’s mayor, David Sharman, rode in the first car which kicked off the parade and described the whole day as fantastic.

He said: “It was marvellous. We can never be sure but it seemed to be one of the biggest turn outs we have ever had.

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

“The group that put all this together really do deserve a round of applause.

“There also seemed to be a lot more young people around, and for Downham that’s saying something - it was fantastic to see the children waving from the car.”

Festivities run right the way through half term with a series of exhibitions, parades, music events and even a quiz night.

The event comes to a close on Sunday with a flag lowering ceremony at the town hall after a falconry display and dog show.

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian BurtThe Downham Market Carnival Parade. Picture: Ian Burt


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