Families turn out in numbers for Wellington Carnival

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  • Thousands line streets for Wellington Carnival.
  • Organisers hoping to raise more than £4,000 for charity.
  • One arrested for public disorder offence.

11:49pm

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11:23pm

10:04pm

ROCKWELL Green, Mantle St, South St, North St and High St have re-opened.

Taunton Road from Priory Road to Cades Farm roundabout will remain closed allowing the dismantling of the floats.

9:40pm

THE carnival is nearing completion but people are continuing to dance outside the VIP trailer in Fore Street - the band is playing Faithless... they're loving it!

9:39pm

9:34pm

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9:25pm

RISE of the Bugs. 

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9:21pm

9:17pm

WHEDDON Cross CC's entry, based on summertime. 

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9:13pm

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9:11pm

GEMINI Carnival Club. 

9:01pm

8:53pm

8:51pm

UNICORN Carnival Club's 'Time to Remember' poppy appeal entry. 

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8:45pm

WELLINGTON Art Association's entry. 

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8:37pm

8:33pm

THE Wellington Majorettes. 

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8:29pm

AND we're underway now on Fore Street.

8:16pm

8:07pm

FLOATS yet to reach town centre; running slightly behind schedule. 

7:44pm

7:42pm

THE procession is about to start. 

7:20pm

THERE is a big police presence in the town centre. 

Sgt Helen Boyd, pictured below, said: "We have a lot of officers out tonight. 

"I hope everybody has a safe, enjoyable evening and the weather stays dry."

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7:12pm

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7:09pm

CROWDS starting to line Fore Street and High Street.

The band in the VIP trailer is in full swing. 

6:16pm

TIVERTON Majorettes. Photo: Jeff Searle.

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6:11pm

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6:09pm

5:40pm

SOUVENIR programmes and wristbands are on sale tonight.

Cash raised from merchandise and donations is given to local charities.

Carnival committee chairman Dave Rylatt said: “I and the rest of the organisers have been busying ourselves with the final preparations and watching the weather forecast on a daily basis.

“This year we’re selling a number of wristbands and souvenir programmes, which are already available in a number of retail outlets throughout the town and will be available on the night.

“All we ask is for everyone watching the carnival to buy a wrist band or a souvenir programme to help with the amount of money raised.

“After running costs are deducted all the money raised gets distributed to local groups and charities, and our aim is to beat the £4,000 distributed last year.”

5:35pm

THE carnival, which is the first on the South Somerset Federation circuit, starts at 7.30pm at Golden Hill Pet Supplies in Rockwell Green.

Around 50 entries are expected to take part in the parade, ranging from large 100ft illuminated floats to individual walkers.

Wellington Silver Band will be performing outside the old post office from 7pm and the Skintight Samba Band will be performing outside the Barley Mow pub from the same time.

A band will also be entertaining crowds on the VIP trailer in Fore Street.

Several town centre roads are be closed - diversions are in place.

5:31pm

This is The West Country: Pictures from Wellington Carnival 2012

EXCITEMENT is building ahead of tonight's (September 28) Wellington Carnival.

Thousands of people will turn out for the illustrious procession, which starts at 7.30pm.

Reporter Michael Marsh will be on the street to provide updates, photos and videos.

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9:39am Sun 29 Sep 13

Bonji says...

Wellington carnival gets worse every year. When I was younger I remember the streets being crowded & nearly every entrant was a float with the odd majorette & now it seems to be the other way round!
Wellington carnival gets worse every year. When I was younger I remember the streets being crowded & nearly every entrant was a float with the odd majorette & now it seems to be the other way round! Bonji

1:04pm Sun 29 Sep 13

Wellington Shrek says...

I think that one of the problems is that wellington carnival used to be on at the end of the season but a few years ago we were moved to the beginning.
I think that one of the problems is that wellington carnival used to be on at the end of the season but a few years ago we were moved to the beginning. Wellington Shrek

8:45pm Sun 29 Sep 13

Monument says...

30+ years ago when I was active iin the Wellington Carnival Committee it was always the first carnival of the South Somerset Carnivals.

I did not see yesterdays carnival after being so disappionted at last years pitiful event. I truly hope that was a blip and this years was much better, otherwise the end will surely be in sight.
30+ years ago when I was active iin the Wellington Carnival Committee it was always the first carnival of the South Somerset Carnivals. I did not see yesterdays carnival after being so disappionted at last years pitiful event. I truly hope that was a blip and this years was much better, otherwise the end will surely be in sight. Monument

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