Colourful procession entertains crowds in Desborough

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Hundreds lined the streets to watch a colourful procession weave its way through Desborough as part of the town’s traditional carnival celebrations.

Seven dazzling floats brightened up Desborough’s streets today, starting in Dunkirk Avenue, before moving round the town to finish in the road’s recreation ground.

The carnival was then opened when the procession reached the playing field, with people turning up in their droves to browse stalls, listen to live bands, and watch a Punch and Judy show and dancing displays.

Festival chairman Michael Crick said: “We started planning this straight after last year’s carnival, but all the hard work is worth it to have days like these.

“It’s been another great year, the weather has been kind to us.

“I was driving at the front of the procession and it was brilliant to see so many faces out.

“It’s already shaping up to be better than last year’s event, and what is important is that all the money raised stays in the town - it goes to local charities and organisations.

“It’s the biggest event in the town each year. I remember coming to the carnival when I was a child.”

The carnival has been running for almost a century, and organisers hope to top the £3,500 raised last year.

The funds are then distributed to the likes of the welfare society, scout groups, Desborough Community Trust, senior citizens’ groups.

Masses of people were treated to entries from the likes of Loatland School and nursery and local scout groups in the procession.

Bouncy castles, bubble water balls for children, and a playground entertained families, as well as a flying owl display, archery, and live band Happy Jazz.

Victoria Wilson, 36, of Watermill Close, Desborough, said: “The parade was lovely. My daughter was in the Loatland nursery float and it was great - it’s her first carnival.

“She was so excited about being part of it, she spent the whole morning getting ready.”

Marilyn Russell, of Prince Rupert Avenue, said: “It’s a great event for the town in bringing everyone together and I think it really shows off our community spirit.

“I know they work very hard to put it on and I think it’s going to another good year.”

Lynda Mawson, of Roman Way, Desborough, said: “There’s a tremendous amount of effort put in by everyone into the procession.

“It was nice watching it go past - I always like to come down to the carnival each year, it’s been going for so long.

“There’s certainly plenty for the children to enjoy this year.”

The carnival court spearheaded the proceesion, and were queen Bethany McKinnon, 11, her attendants Charlottte Johnson, 10, and Destiny Holland, seven, and pageboy Adam Cooper, seven.

The festival weekend concludes with a Songs of Praise evening tommorrow at the Baptist Church, in Station Road, tomorrow, at 6pm.

A full picture spread of the event will be in Thursday’s Telegraph.

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