LiveExcitement at Taunton Carnival

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Summary

  • Thousands of people turn out for the event.
  • Procession makes its way through the town.
  • Perfect conditions-rain holds off.

9:39pm

WELL that's it for another year! Taunton Carnival 2013 has been a great success, and the weather even held off. See  next Thursday's Gazette for a full report, results and lots of photos.

9:35pm

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9:18pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Bizzie Lizzie says

Yet another Fab U Lus Taunton Carnival, my 2 young children loved it and us 2 adults couldn't stop bopping and clapping to the great music and entertainment, well done to everyone who made the carnival a great success tonight!!!!!

9:35pm

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THE impressive show was rounded off by Harlequin Carnival Club's 'City of Rock' float:

9:26pm

ECLIPSE Carnival Club's float this year was called 'Rise of the Bugs':

9:25pm

THIS was Gemini Carnival Club's entry, entitled 'La Barricade':

8:58pm

7:50pm

THE carnival is in full swing now, with spectators enjoying the floats, and lots of coins being thrown into the collecting trailers. 

6:54pm

THE Harley Davidsons are roaring through town, to everyone's delight.

See - and hear - them for yourself here:

6:47pm

THERE is a real buzz around the town ahead of the procession.

All sorts of bright coloured and flashing toys are being sold, as well as candy floss and other sweets.

This is The West Country:

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PUTTING on the carnival involves many organisations working behind the scenes.

Carnival secretary John Lewis said: “Every year’s different and brings its own challenges. Last year it was the new route. This year it’s roadworks in the town centre and the Priory area.

“Somerset County Council, Wessex Water and their contractors have been helpful so we can get the show on the road.

“This gives us a safe platform for the clubs and individuals who spend many hours to bring the spectacle to life on the night. I’d like to thank them and the volunteers out there on Saturday evening. The Performing Rights Society has again helped keep costs down by waiving much of the copyright fees for musical entertainment.

“Our ambition is to give our charities everything we collect on Saturday plus a little more. Costs go up every year for things like insurance, traffic management and health and safety.

“Carnival isn’t cheap to put on and the committee organises Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon and Taunton 10k to bring in the money we need.We’ve had sponsorship and support from local companies over the years for many of our activities - without them none of this would happen.”

6:07pm

TAUNTON Carnival Committee does the hard work organising the procession to provide an annual spectacle and to raise money for local charities.

Marilyn said: “This year our charities are Compass Disability, providing services for disabled people and carers; Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, which is in action three or four times every day; and Taunton Scouts’ Huish Woods campsite.

“These deserving groups will join us on Castle Green during the day to let the public know more about themselves.
During the evening procession there will be dozens of official collectors.

“The reward for performers and event organisers is to see all the collecting tins full and piles of coins on the lorries.”

5:26pm

HARLEQUIN CC with Scarecrow Jubilee at last year's carnival.

 

This is The West Country:

4:39pm

SOME notes on road closures as a result of the carnival:

Castle Street will close to traffic between the entrance to Tangier and Castle Street car parks, as will Tangier Way down to Lidl car park from 2pm to allow the entries to assemble.

Access to Tesco and Lidl won’t be affected, but Enfield car park is closed all day.

The town centre closes at 6.30pm so the route can be cleared of traffic before spectators arrive.

Through traffic is directed away from the centre, keeping clear access to Musgrove Park Hospital.

Diversions keep traffic moving around the outside – from the east along Bridgwater Road, Ilminster Road and Chestnut Drive; and from the west using Park Street, The Crescent, Mary Street, South Road and Chestnut Drive or Silk Mills Road, Greenway Road and Priorswood Road.

Vehicles won’t be able to leave Wood Street, Yarde Place, Haydon Road or Victoria Gate onto the route between 6.30pm and 9pm - they should use Cleveland Street and French Weir Recreation Ground instead.

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3:30pm

THOUSANDS of spectators are expected toline the streets for today’s Taunton Carnival.

After assembling in the Enfield and Tangier area, the procession moves off at 7pm from Tangier Way bridge, crossing the River Tone and along Wood Street, turning into Bridge Street towards the town centre, into East Street and down East Reach.

The public performance and judging takes place at the Wordsworth Drive junction. Harley-Davidson motorbikes and Bournemouth Youth Marching Band will lead the procession.

Feature, tableau and comic floats will dazzle with thousands of light bulbs between walking entries, with themes ranging from Space Bugs to Let Us Remember.

Entries have spent weeks making costumes and building floats and are competing in 12 classes for trophies and points towards the South Somerset Federation awards.

Seven majorette troupes with their marching and twirling skills will vie for the prize in a new class.

Keep up to date with the evening's festivities here.

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9:18pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Bizzie Lizzie says...

Yet another Fab U Lus Taunton Carnival, my 2 young children loved it and us 2 adults couldn't stop bopping and clapping to the great music and entertainment, well done to everyone who made the carnival a great success tonight!!!!!
Yet another Fab U Lus Taunton Carnival, my 2 young children loved it and us 2 adults couldn't stop bopping and clapping to the great music and entertainment, well done to everyone who made the carnival a great success tonight!!!!! Bizzie Lizzie
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Sat 19 Oct 13

tillboy says...

two of my friends went down to watch the carnival tonight one of them said it was rubbish cause there was only five floats just like bridgwater hes says. ive been to carnivals that are big ones at that. and they dont run on a evening through the day.
two of my friends went down to watch the carnival tonight one of them said it was rubbish cause there was only five floats just like bridgwater hes says. ive been to carnivals that are big ones at that. and they dont run on a evening through the day. tillboy
  • Score: 0

10:57pm Sat 19 Oct 13

Bizzie Lizzie says...

Its realy expensive to insure the very big floats theses days, hence more 'Walkers' but who cares its for charity and everyone should just dig deep and join in, if everyone thought like the above persons friend no one would go and we wouldn't have an evening carnival, plus I have been to a 'carnival' in Worcestershire with 1 float and no walkers in the day and it was truely awful, so be very grateful that we have great people who organise and particatpate in Taunton Carnival!
Its realy expensive to insure the very big floats theses days, hence more 'Walkers' but who cares its for charity and everyone should just dig deep and join in, if everyone thought like the above persons friend no one would go and we wouldn't have an evening carnival, plus I have been to a 'carnival' in Worcestershire with 1 float and no walkers in the day and it was truely awful, so be very grateful that we have great people who organise and particatpate in Taunton Carnival! Bizzie Lizzie
  • Score: 1

8:08am Sun 20 Oct 13

Ann Laurette(nee Padget) says...

Just too disappointing ...too few floats too many majorettes...come on Taunton groups...make an effort to get involved.....and so slow ....really not worth going out for.
Just too disappointing ...too few floats too many majorettes...come on Taunton groups...make an effort to get involved.....and so slow ....really not worth going out for. Ann Laurette(nee Padget)
  • Score: -1

7:26pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Dr Dave says...

It must be difficult for the clubs to make ends meets what with Health & Safety, fuel costs, building costs etc etc so I am grateful for those who devote such time to build the floats, keep up the good work, we enjoyed the Carnival! Perhaps the people moaning about it would care to get off their backsides and get involved themselves, perhaps??
It must be difficult for the clubs to make ends meets what with Health & Safety, fuel costs, building costs etc etc so I am grateful for those who devote such time to build the floats, keep up the good work, we enjoyed the Carnival! Perhaps the people moaning about it would care to get off their backsides and get involved themselves, perhaps?? Dr Dave
  • Score: 1

10:31am Mon 21 Oct 13

Slow down! says...

It's a shame more Bridgewater floats don't get involved with other Carnivals around Somerset, I went to Wellington Carnival last year and that was bigger than Taunton.
It's a shame more Bridgewater floats don't get involved with other Carnivals around Somerset, I went to Wellington Carnival last year and that was bigger than Taunton. Slow down!
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10:53pm Mon 21 Oct 13

tillboy says...

im not moaning about the carnival it was my friend who said it was rubbish. and as i stated ive been to bigger carnivals manchester is one of them and amsterdame is the biggist. and i asked could i get involved but they said they had enough people. and it costs to be in the carnival.
im not moaning about the carnival it was my friend who said it was rubbish. and as i stated ive been to bigger carnivals manchester is one of them and amsterdame is the biggist. and i asked could i get involved but they said they had enough people. and it costs to be in the carnival. tillboy
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Wed 23 Oct 13

swjoduk says...

Slow down! wrote:
It's a shame more Bridgewater floats don't get involved with other Carnivals around Somerset, I went to Wellington Carnival last year and that was bigger than Taunton.
Trouble is its different circuits. Bridgwater would have to be 1st as is their way so Taunton would need to find a place in the evening between Burnham, WSM and North Petherton or perhaps after Pethy.

I doubt it will ever happen though. Bridgwater would probably fear being upstaged by the County Town.
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: It's a shame more Bridgewater floats don't get involved with other Carnivals around Somerset, I went to Wellington Carnival last year and that was bigger than Taunton.[/p][/quote]Trouble is its different circuits. Bridgwater would have to be 1st as is their way so Taunton would need to find a place in the evening between Burnham, WSM and North Petherton or perhaps after Pethy. I doubt it will ever happen though. Bridgwater would probably fear being upstaged by the County Town. swjoduk
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3:16pm Wed 23 Oct 13

scrumpyman says...

I think that the Gazette should run a survey to see if the majority want to change the date of the Taunton carnival to November so that the Bridgwater floats can join in. It would be so much better with more entries from the Bridgwater area. It's currently a shame that a small village such as North Petherton gets 3 times more entries than Taunton when Taunton has much better access and parking.
I think that the Gazette should run a survey to see if the majority want to change the date of the Taunton carnival to November so that the Bridgwater floats can join in. It would be so much better with more entries from the Bridgwater area. It's currently a shame that a small village such as North Petherton gets 3 times more entries than Taunton when Taunton has much better access and parking. scrumpyman
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Mi_Coc says...

The two a two actual floats were excellent.
The two a two actual floats were excellent. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 0

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