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Heacham Carnival bigger and better

The carnival Queen, Amelia Hughes with her attendants, from left - Connie Burton, Caitlin Mills, Gracie Ashley and Elizabeth Drew

The carnival Queen, Amelia Hughes with her attendants, from left - Connie Burton, Caitlin Mills, Gracie Ashley and Elizabeth Drew

Organisers of the Heacham Carnival believe the event is going from strength to strength as hundreds enjoyed the annual procession.

A total of 16 floats, plus a jazz band and even a group of Harley Davidson motorcycle riders took part in Sunday’s parade from College Drive to the village club sports field.

Parish council chairman Peter Colvin said he was delighted at the response of villagers to the event, which was aided by a fine and warm day of weather.

Officials believe the carnival attracted its largest crowd for several years this time around, as well as a higher number of floats from family groups.

He said: “We had a fantastic carnival. It was the biggest we have had in recent years.”

The event is organised by a committee of parish councillors which has special responsibility for community activities.

Mr Colvin said: “It used to be a lot bigger years ago. A lot of events tend to peter out but ours has grown again over the last two or three years.”

Taking pride of place in the parade, which proceeded along Lodge Road, Staithe Road, Collins Lane and High Street before reaching the sports field on Station Road, was the float of the carnival’s Lavender Queen, Amelia Hughes.

The float was provided by Norfolk Lavender, while prizes for the best floats were supported by the Jennings Caravan Park on South Beach Road.

The afternoon’s musical soundtrack was provided by the Smokehouse Jazz Band, who also marched in the parade.

And the traditional carnival collection was taken in aid of the village’s Guides group, though the final total raised is not yet known.

 

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