GENEROUS fun-seekers donated a whopping 50 per cent more in pennies during Nuneaton’s Carnival compared to last year.
Organisers were not only stunned by the turn-out to the 87th carnival, but also the way in which the thousands of people who lined the streets gave so magnanimously during the event.
Martin Hobbins, Chairman, said: “The whole day was amazing, the turn-out was unbelievable by both participants and the public.
“We took £3,000 on the day, which is 50 per cent more than last year and we would like to thank everyone who played a part in making the day so successful.”
The procession itself was bigger than in previous years, with a grand total of 14 floats as well as visiting carnival courts, a tank from Gamecock Barracks and the Anker Radio broadcast van.
This year’s theme was ‘Musicals’ and Mary Poppins proved to be a popular choice, with several floats paying homage to the classic Disney film with ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ themed floats as well as the famous chimney sweep scene.
Heading up the procession was Nuneaton’s Carnival Court with queen Faye Flemens, deputy queen Katie Gilbert and princesses Lola Davies and Sophie Pratt enjoying their big day.
Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Mayor, councillor Bill Hancox, kept up the tradition of walking the procession route collecting coins with his wife, and mayoress, Sheila.
Nuneaton’s newly elected MP Marcus Jones also took part in the collection as did leader of the Town Hall, councillor Dennis Harvey, as well as several other borough councillors.
But the day itself belonged to the people who not only took part in the procession, but took their place on the streets to show their support.
There had been criticism on social media about last year’s event, including the lack of floats, but there were more in the procession this time around and there seemed to be more people lining the route too.
As always, the gala field, based off Avenue Road, proved to be extremely popular and was attracted people in their droves. There were the usual fairground rides and charity stalls as well as the gala arena with performances from the borough’s talented acts, including ‘Hoop Guy’ John Parnell, who put the town on the map with his journey to the live semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent.
Buoyed by Sunday’s success, the dedicated army of Nuneaton carnival committee volunteers are now looking ahead to next year’s event.
Words by Nuneaton News as per article printed in the Nuneaton Newspaper and online.