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Wadebridge Carnival wows the crowds

Returning after a break from Covid-19, Wadebridge Carnival in July was a hit with the community, bringing everyone together to celebrate with plenty of colour, sparkle and music thrown in along the way!

While the main carnival took place on Saturday, 23rd July, there were events leading up to the day, including the royalty choosing on 4th June in the Jubilee Field, where Isla Mai Linzey was selected as the Carnival Fairy Queen.

With 23 entries, the carnival shop window competition saw Countrywise bag 1st prize with their beautiful ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ display, featuring Cornish pasties and the Eden Project at the end of the yellow brick road. Save the Children Wadebridge came second with ‘Storm in a Teacup’ and Malcolm Barnecutts on Molesworth Street

came third using four windows for four songs. Mayor Amanda Pennington attended to give out the prizes.

The big day soon rolled around and it was all go as the committee came together to welcome carnival-goers to the Jubilee Field on 23rd July, which kickstarted with the Family Fun Day, featuring circus workshops, a bouncy castle, games and rides for children and lots of refreshments throughout the day.

At 6pm, the judging of the carnival entries took place at Egloshayle Field before the 7pm carnival parade - what everyone had been waiting for! There was a spectacular mix of entries, from the weird and wonderful, to the noisy and hilarious - sounds like the perfect recipe for a fantastic carnival! The carnival committee’s choice for their float was Wadebridge fire station, dressed up as escaped dinosaurs!

Crowds headed over to the Jubilee Field for the evening celebrations, which included music with The Strutts. Plenty of drinks were flowing thanks to the Wadebridge Camels Rugby Club bar in the marquee. Bringing the evening to a close, there was an amazing fireworks display at 9.45pm and celebrations continued into the night with more music from The Strutts.

A spokesperson from the committee said: “A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the carnival who aren't on the committee, such as marshalls and volunteers.

“We collected over £1800 in the collection buckets on the procession, so thank you to the town!”

The carnival committee is already planning the 2023 carnival on Saturday, 22nd July! For updates, like their Facebook page - Wadebridge Carnival.


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