Brandon turns out for first carnival in years

Community spirit was alive and well in Brandon today (Sunday) as scores of people lined the streets to watch the town's jubilee carnival.

Stars of the show were youngsters from in and around Brandon who paraded along the High Street dressed as their favourite animals.

Giraffes, frogs and elephants featured, as the group followed Brandon Classic Car Club through the town centre.

The parade, which is set to take place annually from now on, ended at the Market Hill where stalls, local organisations and fairground games kept families entertained.

Terry Hawkins, a member of the organising committee, said: 'A lot of people turned out despite the rain and I think it's gone very well. 'We wanted to put Brandon on the map and it's been many years since we've had a carnival. Hopefully it'll be bigger and better next year.'

Afternoon entertainment will include performances by gospel singers, and zumba and ju-jitsu demonstrations.

Town clerk Christine Mason said she had never seen Brandon so busy, while Forest Heath district and Suffolk County councillor, Bill Bishop, said it was 'wonderful' to see the town celebrate together.

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He added: 'I thought there wouldn't be that many people turn out and I was so chuffed to see people out and about - It's been fantastic.'

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