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Teamwork saves Wellington carnival
2:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Devon
ORGANISERS have thanked the thousands of people who lined the streets of Wellington to support the town’s carnival.
The carnival, the first on the South Somerset Federation circuit, started at Golden Hill Pet Supplies in Rockwell Green at 7.30pm on Saturday.
About 50 entries took part in the parade, ranging from 100ft illuminated floats to individual walkers.
The carnival reached the town centre at about 8.15pm and the final floats at about 9.40pm.
Carnival committee chairman Dave Rylatt said a record £4,500 was raised for charities from the event.
He added: “Nationally, carnival is in decline but Wellington seems to be bucking that trend.
“This year’s carnival was under threat due to increasing costs associated with providing such an event and the committee are very grateful to our colleagues who run Bridgwater Carnival for helping out with signage and traffic management duties, without which the event would not have taken place.”
Mr Rylatt apologised for some roads closures which were enforced earlier than expected due to technical difficulties with one of the floats.
He said he was pleased to see more Wellington schools enter the carnival and praised Beech Grove Primary School for its two awards.
He added: “We hope that next year’s carnival will see an outstanding entry from every school in Wellington.”
Best costumed float- City of rock (Harlequins);
Best make up - Rise of the bugs (Eclipse); Best
dressed driver- City of rock (Harlequins); Best
Wellington entry - Kings and queens (Beech Grove
Primary School); Best children's entry - Winter
comes to fairyland (Rio Welsh); Majorettes class -
1st Stardust Majorettes (Midsomer Norton ), 2nd
Chard Majorettes; Trade entry 1st Wookey Hole
Caves, 2nd Oake Manor; Local walkers 1st Kings
and queens (Beech Grove Primary School); Local
floats 1st Wellington Young Farmers; Walking open
1st Xtraterrestrial (Xtreme CC), 2nd Wellington
Whirlwinds; Walking groups 1st Tag B Tae Kwan
Do club, 2nd Sleeping beauty (Wellington
Pantomime), 3rd We feel like dancing (Sampford
Arundel School); Walking pairs 1st Woof (A&A CC),
2nd Clean Sweep (Dee Gees CC), 3rd We're Back
(Inferno); Single walker 1st Flaming hot hot hot
(Andy Tizzard), 2nd Dressed to impress (Judy
Williams), 3rd Cygnus (Spirit CC); Single walker 1st
Winter comes to Fairyland, (Rio Welsh), 2nd Micky
Mouse (James Ganniclifft), 3rd Made in China
(Jess CC); Open 1st Gypsies Tramps and Thieves
(Generations CC), 2nd Orrible Histories (Zem CC),
3rd Summertime (Wheddon Cross CC); Youth class
1st Showboat (Rascals), 2nd Vampire Desire (Club
2000), 3rd Livin La Vida Loca (Genesis Youth
Theatre); Tableau Class1st La Baricade (Gemini),
2nd Time to Remember (Unicorn); Class 1 feature
1st City of Rock (Harlequins), 2nd Rise of the Gods
(Eclipse); Miss Wellingtons choice - The poppy
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