All the fun of Downham Market Carnival

Downham Market carnival parade. ANL-150525-193114009
Downham Market carnival parade. ANL-150525-193114009
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Thousands of people lined the streets of Downham to watch a colourful carnival wind its way through the town.

An estimated 7,000 people supported the annual Downham Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday, which was reported to be one of the best yet.

Going Back to the Future was theme of this year’s parade, which culminated in a fun day at the Howdale Field.

The carnival is one of the highlights of the popular Downham Festival, which ends tomorrow.

Chairman of the organising committee Jim Cornish was thrilled with the carnival.

He said: “We have been told that this was the best Festival days in a long time.

“It was an absolutely fantastic day. We had good weather and just one injury when a woman fell over.

“Everyone had a good time and I am really thankful to everyone who took part and supported the parade.

“The support from the town was fantastic.”

The parade was made up of 15 floats, tractors, walking groups, bands along with classic and current cars and motorbikes.

Once again Bearts of Stowbridge provided their lorries for the floats. The firm has been supporting the carnival since the 1960s.

Mr Cornish said: “The spectators were four to five deep all the way through the town.

“It was one of the best well supported carnivals in recent years.

“The committee had put in a lot of hard work and we had a legion of volunteers.”

And the fun did not end when the carnival arrived at the Howdale Field.

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association gave a demonstration on the field plus there was also a falconry display.

Guides entertained the crowds by singing camp fire songs and the Legacy Dance Troop also performed.

Youngsters from Downham Academy put on sections of their recent production of Grease.

Visitors also enjoyed tucking into a host of food, including goat curry.

Mr Cornish said: “Normally the day finishes quite early but we still had people on the site at nearly 6pm.

“I would like to thank Heygates who provides the staging along with Holly Landscapes. Nick Robinson is not a member of the committee but his work has been unbelievable.”

The festival has continued throughout the week with the traditional cake cutting ceremony, bridge sessions, musical evenings and coffee mornings.

A craft fair will be held in the town hall from 9.30am to 3.30pm tomorrow.

The flag lowering ceremony will be held in the town square at 4pm tomorrow.

More pictures from the carnival will be on our website.