Carnival capers at Raunds despite cloudy skies

Raunds carnival court, from left, queen Katie Davies, princesses Georgia Dumcombe, Cachelarel Harvey and Natalya Brundenell and Raunds prince Logan Harvey

Raunds carnival court, from left, queen Katie Davies, princesses Georgia Dumcombe, Cachelarel Harvey and Natalya Brundenell and Raunds prince Logan Harvey

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Revellers shrugged off cloudy skies and turned out in their hundreds to have fun at Raunds carnival.

The event on Saturday (September 14) was a big success and residents lined the streets to cheer on the parade as it snaked its way through town from Brick Kiln Road to the Amos Lawrence Park in Stanwick Road.

Carnival queen Katie Davies, princesses Cachelarel Harvey, Georgia Dumcombe and Natalya Brudenell and Raunds prince Logan Harvey were joined by courts from Kettering, Corby, Irthlingborough, Irchester and Sawtry.

The Red Lion and George and the Dragon pubs, Raunds Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and the 2nd Raunds Scouts pulled out all the stops when they decorated their floats.

Among those walking in the parade were parents, staff and children from A Touch of Eden Nursery, who were dressed as insects, and Windmill Primary School, as well as majorettes and marching bands

Eleven parents from Manor Sure Start Children’s Centre pushed 12 babies in prams and pushchairs which were decorated on the theme of Old MacDonald’s Farm.

Maureen May, secretary of Raunds Youth Action Group, which organises the carnival, said: “Everyone had a great time and the parade looked brilliant.”

Tania Richardson of A Touch of Eden Nursery, Stanwick, said: “It was our third time at the carnival and we had a great time. There’s always a lovely atmosphere.”

After the parade, families enjoyed a host of activities at the park including funfair rides, giant slides and bouncy castles, face-painting, stalls, live music, food and a beer tent.

Proceeds from the carnival will be donated to the charity Clic Sargent which helps parents with seriously ill children.