Gags galore launches Wells Carnival

RICHARD PARR Wells Carnival got off to a laugh-a-minute start at the weekend when top comic Jimmy Jones treated a 200-strong audience to his own brand of no-holds barred humour.

RICHARD PARR

Wells Carnival got off to a laugh-a-minute start at the weekend when top comic Jimmy Jones treated a 200-strong audience to his own brand of no-holds barred humour.

In a new venture for the Carnival, the "naughty-but-nice" cabaret-style evening on Saturday went down well with the adults-only audience with many of them asking for the event to be repeated.

The success of the venture delighted Carnival committee member, James Platten, who was responsible for arranging the event and bringing the veteran comic to Wells. Supporting Jimmy were the Norwich-based rock, pop and soul duo, Roxy (Liza Wolfe and Stacy Collins)

"We were delighted with the success of the evening. Jimmy Jones was on top form and had everyone in stitches and we hope to build on it in some way for next year's Carnival," said 21-year-old James.

Yesterday hundreds of people enjoyed the fun of the Grand Carnival Fete on the town's Beach Road playing field. The highlight was the crowning of the Carnival Queen, Kelly Fait, by Wells lifeboat coxswain, Allan Frary.

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The packed programme included a car boot sale, dog agility display, the first heat of the junior town crier competition and a tug-of-war.

Last night entertainment continued on the field with local bands, Daffy and the Alien and Witches Brew, performing in Wells Rocks.

Today Carnival capers continue with a packed programme of events including kite-making and seaside-theme workshops, a history walks around Wells with local historian Tom Sands. Evening events include an open air disco, Wells Art Group exhibition preview and an evening concert featuring traditional music , song and step-dancing with Rig-a-Jig-Jig.

A full programme of carnival events is available free from various outlets in the town.