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Thousands line the streets to watch spectacular parade

Massive crowds flocked to Newbury on Sunday to enjoy the Newbury Carnival Parade and Carnival Fete.

Newbury Carnival was opened by Newbury Town Mayor, Mr David Fenn at the Carnival Fete at 12.00 midday, shortly followed by a fabulous performance by local Elvis Tribute Band – ‘Trouble’ with their ’68 Comeback Special’ that was enjoyed by an appreciative large crowd.

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Darren Boyce from ‘Trouble’ said “For me as a local lad it was a dream come true, not only to be in the parade, but to be a headline act for the main stage. I thought it was a fantastic event for the community, well run, with something for everybody. We were honoured to be part of it.”

The main Parade started at 2.00 pm in Bartholomew Street, travelling through the centre of Town to join the Fete in Victoria Park. The crowds were treated to some spectacular entries including the impressive John the Giant, the Rampage International Mas Band, the Harley Davidson Drive Through and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band.

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Carnival Project Manager Ruth Walker said, “It was great to showcase some of the brilliant talent we have in Newbury, both in the vibrant parade and with all our brilliant performers at the main stage in Victoria Park. Huge thanks to them all. We had a fabulous day and the crowds really joined in and had fun too.”

The judges and the crowds were full of praise for the many local community floats who produced an amazing riot of colour and creativity from our schools, local businesses, youth groups, charities and other community groups. Local prize categories were once again keenly contested, and the winners chosen were:

Best Individual or Small Group Entry

  • Celebration Carriages with Prince Adam and Princess Lara

Celebration Carriages with Carnival Princess Lara and Prince Adam

Best Music or Dance Entry

  • Nomads Musical Theatre with ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Best Walking Entry

  • The Thai Dancers from the West Berks Community

Thai Dancers from the West Berks Community

Michael Smith Memorial Prize for Best Youth Group Entry

  • Newbury and Thatcham St John Ambulance Cadets – St Johnbies

Best Community Group Entry

  • Newbury Royal British Legion: Music Legends

Best Schools Entry

  • John Rankin Schools – The Legend of Robin Hood

Best Business and Corporate

  • Kennet Shopping with Nando’s, Boswell’s and Gourmet Burger Bar

The Judges’ Special Awards were given to:

  • Stagecoach Newbury and Marlborough
  • PALS (Partners for Active Learning) – Pop Legends

The prize money was kindly sponsored by Kennet Shopping Newbury and the main stage was ably compered and managed by Kennet Radio.

The major funder of Newbury Carnival 2017 was Greenham Common Trust. Thanks are also due to Newbury Bid, Newbury Town Council, West Berkshire Council and Englefield Trust. Support has also been received from Newbury Weekly News, Waitrose, Celebration Carriages, Buzz Magazine, Apple Print and Creative, Co-op Newbury and T5 Print and Design. Newbury Carnival 2017 could not take place without this support.

Newbury Carnival Chairman Sami Gabriel said, “The big winner at the Carnival of course is Newbury. The community spirit and unity that comes out in everyone that participates or watches is great to see, and this what makes Newbury a great place to be.”