Sun shines for carnival parade

Earls Barton carnival. 'Ruby Kenwood, 7, Evie Burles, 11 and Yasmine Clarke, 9.
Earls Barton carnival. 'Ruby Kenwood, 7, Evie Burles, 11 and Yasmine Clarke, 9.

The sun shone for Earls Barton’s carnival parade, despite warnings of wet weather.

The colourful cast of characters, including Smurfs, jungle animals, majorettes and the cast of the film Mary Poppins joined the procession which left Mallard Road and wound its way to the recreation ground, in the town, at lunchtime today (Saturday, July 7). Hundreds of residents lined the streets to wave and cheer and place money in the charity collection buckets.

The carnival was cancelled in June due to torrential rain and the carnival committee was determined that it should go ahead this time.

Chairman of the committee Nina MacPherson said; “This really was our last chance to stage the carnival and we were very lucky it was sunny for the parade.”

The procession was headed by Wellingborough’s Royal Blue Lancers Majorettes, followed by Earls Barton Carnival Court, including the queen Evie Burles, 11, and princesses Ruby Kenwood, six, and Yasmine Clarke, nine.

Others who took part were a party of blue-faced Smurfs from Earls Barton Youth Club, primary school children who were dressed in Olympic-themed costumes, young players from Wellingborough Rugby Club and friends and neighbours from Harrowick Lane, who dressed up as Mary Poppins characters, including Pearly King and Queen, Roy and Karen Davies.

Another group of residents dressed to depict the lyrics of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

Mrs Davies said: “About 30 of us, adults and children, from the Harrowick Lane group took part, as we have done for the past 12 years.

“It took me ages to make the pearly king and queen costumes, sewing on all the buttons, but we always enjoy taking part.”

Arena events in the recreation field included fighting Vikings and street dancers and there were plenty of charity stalls and refreshments.