Castle Cary children's carnival shines in the sun
CROWDS lined the streets to watch a bumper number of entries parade through Castle Cary in the town's Children's Carnival on Saturday afternoon.
The sunny weather and colourful creations also attracted an impressive turnout of spectators who contributed to a collection which topped £390.
Paul Hansford of Castle Cary Carnival Society said: "We certainly got lucky with the weather. And although last year's carnival set new standards, this year's lived up to those in all respects. We had another high turnout, with excellent costumes, props and inventive routines in the procession."
This year's big winner was Castle Cary Primary School's Egyptian Adventure, which was named best overall and most entertaining entry.
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Organiser Ann Hallett added: "The Constitutional Club - where we give out the prizes, and a goody-bag for every child who enters after the procession - was packed with children and parents. It proves again what a vital family and community event this is.
"I thank the marshals, judges, collectors and others from Cary and the wider carnival community who help us make it happen."
Castle Cary's Illuminated Carnival takes place tomorrow (Saturday) night. The procession starts at 7.30pm but road closures will be in place from 7pm until around 11pm.
Report and pictures by Mathew Manning
Masquerade. Schools, playgroups, clubs and associations (over 5s) - 1 Retro Rainbows (1st Galhampton Rainbows), 2 Brownies Do Bollywood (1st North Cadbury Brownies), 3 Carymoor's Night Life (RSPB Wildlife Explorers Group). Groups of family/friends without large wheeled props - 1 Down In The Jungle (Elaine's Childminding Gang), 2 We Wish You A Cary Christmas (Shelby Gaiger, Archie Higgins and Stephen Seward), 3 Pirates Of The Carybean (Chloe Colton, Megan Fry and Robert Fry). With Wheels or Large Props - 1 Egyptian Adventure (Castle Cary Primary School), 2 Cary 5-0 (1st Castle Cary Cub Scouts) , 3 Rule Britannia (Tommy and Freddie Alden). Pairs - 1 Alien (Bradley Edwards), 2 The Owl And The Pussycat (Madeleine Hallett). Individual boy or girl under 8s - 1 King Of The Fishers (Izzy Wheeler), 2 Little Miss Christmas (Isla Briody), 3 (joint) Minnie Mouse (Annabella Chant) and Flamenco (Jessica Simmonds-Wrighton). Individual boy or girl over 8s - 1 Optimus Prime (Joseph Wixey), 2 Mad As A Hatter (Chloe Hobson), 3 Casey's Bridal Shower (Casey Hobson). Decorated pushchair - 1 Pirates Of The North Sea (Raphael and Florian Last), 2 Pampered Princesses (Jessica Bourgeois and Ebony Stone), 3 Little Miss Muffet And Spider (Alfie-James Hills and Maddison Gledhill), HC Cheer Leaders (Kimberley Winters and Casey Pinnions).
Best overall and most entertaining - Egyptian Adventure (Castle Cary Primary School), best props - Cary 5-0 (1st Castle Cary Cub Scouts), youngest entrant - Stephen Seward (seven months), most original entry - Alien (Bradley Edwards), best dressed adult - Kes Edwards, chairman's choice - Little Miss Christmas (Isla Brody), children's contribution - Optimus Prime (Joseph Wixey).
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