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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Bideford Carnival

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 07, 2013

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HUNDREDS of people lined Bideford Quay this evening to enjoy the annual Bideford Carnival.

Carnival goers were in high spirits as they watched more than a dozen floats go past, all decorated to incorporate this year’s historical theme.

Geisha girls, lifeguards and sea queens were just some of the costumes on show during the parade, with the array of outfits wowing the crowds.

One group who took part, the Bradworthy Carnival Committee, went to the effort of creating a whole new club - the Bradworthy Splashers, in an attempt to have the most entertaining float.

Katherine Balsden, chairman of the committee, said: “We just wanted to do something entertaining and fun that the crowds would enjoy.

“We have come up with a special routine for the occasion, we are all very excited.”

The 1st and 2nd Bideford Brownies walked in the procession dressed as “Happy Hippies.”

Brownie leader Jane Raulinson said: “There are 25 of us all together and we have given the girls whistles and bubbles.

“They are going to be making lots of noise.”

One group of families and friends - the Taylor’s, Squire’s, Jolly’s, Goundy’s and Bedler’s, said taking part in the carnival was tradition for them and they were excited about the theme this year.

“We have chosen to dress up in World War Two attire, it’s great fun.”

45 Torridge Elite Majorette’s performed in the procession, and coach Lyndsey said they couldn’t wait to get going.

“They are all very excited, I’m sure they will sleep well tonight”.

The overall champions at this year’s carnival were Bideford St John Ambulance Youth, who won 1st for class, best themed float and overall champions.

Organiser Nicole May said they were thrilled to have won.

She said: “It took us six months to prepare the float and costumes, everything was hand-made.

“We weren't expecting to win at all, we are all even more excited now.”

Despite the forecast, the weather remained dry throughout the entire procession, which lasted for just over half an hour.

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