Heacham carnival woos the crowds

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Heacham Carnival produced floats that were an array of colour and inventiveness at the weekend.

They brought cheering and clapping from spectators lining the route of the procession through the village from college drive to the sports field.

Heading the parade was the Lavender Queen, Jessica Parish, with her four princesses, Libby Sills, Evie Howe, Ellie-Grace Thompson and Lillie Edenborough.

The scary figures of the Judo club’s Scooby Do float were a sight to behold whilst the two-way bike of the Gray Twins, John Wallis and Mick Futter, had spectators scratching their heads in puzzlement.

But there was no doubt which way the Harley Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain were going as they added the throbbing note of their engines to the parade.

More than one float used the theme of the village’s twinning with the French town of Criteuil-la-Magdeleine with Christophe Guindet who had flown over from the continent providing a genuine French connection.

The event is run by the parish council and is combined with the Heacham club Charity Annual Fete with this year the bucket collection going to the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

But the parade though the village, marching to the music of the Norwich Pipe and Drum Band, was only the start.

On the playing field, beneath a cloudless blue sky, there was entertainment in the main arena plus all the fun of the fair with roundabouts, a coconut shy, candy floss and sticks of rock.

There was also craft fair and an enormous car boot sale.

Delighted organiser Tracey Swann said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. The quality of the entrants has again surpassed itself.”

Parade winners on the day were: Best Family Float: Heacham Twinning Association; Best Group: Radio Heacham; Best youth Group Heacham Minors; Best Individual The Gray Twins; Best Overall: Judo Club.