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'Really special' Stourport Carnival - report and picture gallery
THIS year's Stourport Carnival was "something really special" according to the town’s mayor, after thousands of people lined the streets for the show.
Bad weather forecast for Saturday held off as revellers enjoyed the 88th land and river parade. The day featured live music, fireworks and the crowning of carnival queen Kellie Homer, who was with princess Aeron Holmes and rosebud Isobel Guise.
Land parade winners included Rachel Rudd, the Areley Kings Players, Playland: Mario Go-Karts, Lickhill Caravan Park, Sytchampton First School and York Street Medical Practice for its Beatles float.
In the river parade, the best dressed boat went to Bernie and Diane Jones for Fina D.
The best dressed shop window was awarded to the Sweet Jar in Bridge Street, with Relish, also in Bridge Street and Touch of Class on Lombard Street claiming second and third prize respectively.
Carnival committee chairman Pete Roberts said: “The Bridge and High Streets were heaving, it was one of the best carnivals we have had for years. Thank you to all of the entries and acts and the people of Stourport."
Stourport mayor Ken Henderson said: “It was a fantastic day. The land parade was absolutely fantastic and the crowds on the bridge and in the town were just a mass of people it was fantastic. It is like that every year but when you are taking part as mayor it is something really special.”
In recent years, constant fears over the future of the traditional town carnival have threatened to overshadow events but volunteers on the carnival committee have worked tirelessly to keep the festivities going.
One major change last year saw the carnival revert to a one day event, it previously took place on Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Henderson said: “This year was a vast improvement on the last two years and hopefully it will keep on improving, I am positive it is making a comeback with a vengeance. I think it will continue to improve.”
Residents and visitors took to The Shuttle’s facebook page and comments were overwhelmingly positive.
Karen Rollings said: “I went with my daughter as I do every year and enjoyed it. I understand due to health and safety/insurance issues it is difficult to put more lorries in the carnival but wouldn’t it be nice if all the local schools and clubs/Brownies/Guides/Cubs/Scouts etc. joined in walking together in the parade dressed up.”
Nadia Etheridge said: “Was brilliant to see such a big land parade. Haven't seen the town that busy in a few years.”
Sue Williams added: “Was possibly the best over the last few years. Agree with Karen about local schools etc. taking part.”
Graham Knight commented: “First Kidderminster Boys and Girls Brigades Band took part for the first time this year. A massive turnout and the was a wonderful carnival atmosphere.”
David Austin added: “We stood and watched it in Lion Hill and then again in Lombard street, it was a good turnout.”
Carnival committee members are already planning ahead for next year's event which, according to Mr Roberts, will feature a new category yet to be announced.
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