Showers fail to dampen spirits of Sheringham carnival-goers, who turn out in their hundreds for the annual parade
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It rained on their parade, but heavy showers failed to dampen the spirits of Sheringham carnival-goers, who, with umbrellas and camping chairs at the ready, turned out in their hundreds to cheer on more than 30 floats winding their way through the town.
The main carnival day kicked off with events including a talent show and a circus skills demonstration outside Sheringham Little Theatre, as well as a children's fancy dress competition outside the town's Tesco store.
Sheringham town crier Andrew Cunningham-Brown, who handed out sweets to youngsters, got through a bucket of 500 lollies in less than two hours in the afternoon, dishing out a further 300 during the evening parade.
'There was an amazing atmosphere,' he said. 'It is so lovely to see so many smiling faces and it is all thanks to the tremendous amount of hard work and planning that goes on behind the scenes.'
After assembling at Station Road car park for judging, floats and walking groups were led along a one-mile route by a team of Harley Davidson motorcyclists, followed by the carnival queen and her attendants in a horse-drawn carriage.
Carnival prince and princess Jack Yaxley and Lottie Cunningham-Brown joined the parade with town mayor David Gooch in a classic Bentley, with the City of Norwich Pipe Band leading the remaining floats, whose themes ranged from Beauty and the Beast and a Bug Hunt, to the Wild West and Noah's Ark.
Sheringham Primary School teacher Becky Robinson, who teamed up with pupils and parents to make a float based on the Mexican festival Day of the Dead, won both best in parade and best youth group trophies.
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'We were thrilled,' she said. 'The kids put in so much effort and they have all been involved, so it's been a lovely lesson in collaboration.'
David Farrow, who has been involved in the carnival every year since first riding on a float at the age of five in 1976, said: 'I love it, Sheringham is the best place in the world and I wouldn't live anywhere else.'