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News Archive > General > Great start to Carnival Week

Great start to Carnival Week

By Beth Perry 5th July 2017

Great start to Carnival Week
The Killacourt Festival

NEWQUAY Carnival got off to a busy start on the weekend as the sun shone across the resort.

Kickstarting the event was the Festival on the Killacourt which saw community groups, charities and local crafters holding stalls throughout the day as well a range of live music including Alan Thain, Newquay Band and Paula taking to the stage on the bandstand.

There was also a marquee where Newquay Amateur Stage Company demonstrated their talent followed by a popular silent disco which had the children dancing and singing away.

A range of fun fair rides, a bouncy castle and swings were also on hand to entertain the children.

Later that evening the Male Voice Choir presented United in Song with special guests, Pontypool Male Voice Choir in St Michael’s Church.

Pontypool Choir brought with them their Musical Director, Matthew Harrison, and their accompanist, Idony Perrett, both of whom are only in their early 20s as well as 16-year-old second tenor, Travis Smith, who captivated everyone with his solo renditions of Empty Tables and Empty Chairs from Les Miserables, Anthem from Chess and Rita MacNeill’s Working Man, all three of which ‘brought the house down’

John Rhodes, Choir Chairman, commented, “This was in every way a really enjoyable evening with two choirs coming together with great camaraderie to raise money for charity.  We thank Elizabeth Sidebotham for standing in as our accompanist this evening while we still look for a permanent replacement for Chris Bennett.  Everyone can see that Newquay Male Voice Choir continues to go from strength to strength under the direction of Richard Braebrook.

On a sunny Sunday, the Carnival arrived at Trenance Gardens with two events pulling in the crowds. The NSPCC had organised a sale of children’s clothes, featuring designer brands at a low price, as well as a Jungle Trek challenge for the children to complete by hunting down clues around the gardens.

A member of the NSPCC group said: “The day went exceptionally well and lots of people have enjoyed looking and buying the clothes as well as taking part in the Jungle Trek. A big thank you to everybody who came along, Sainsbury’s for donating food for the goodie bags and all those who donated toys and clothes.”

Over by the river the ladies from Newquay Thursday Club organised a series of duck races which were enjoyed by a number of both local and visiting families.

Prizes included a giant hedgehog toy, a knitted mermaid and a range of teddy bears. The afternoon proved a big success and the club managed to raise more than £170 for Cornwall Hospice Care. This will be added to the £140 made the previous day with a craft stall at the Killacourt Festival.

There were plenty of activities  on offer Sunday evening with a hot finger buffet at the Farmers Arms in St Columb Minor, an evening church service with St Columb Minor and St Michael’s Choirs and over at the Great Western Hotel a Beach Boys Tribute act took to the stage and rocked a large audience with some of the Beach Boy’s best-known hits.

The Carnival continues across  Newquay throughout this week with cream teas and a performance from Oll an Gwella taking place at the Disabled Centre today (Wednesday) from 2pm followed by the first ever joint performance with Newquay Town Band, Mount Charles Band and Newquay Male Voice Choir at 7pm in St Michael’s Church as well as a charity quiz at the Great Western Hotel from 7pm.

Newquay Golf Club is looking forward to welcoming families to their Junior Golf Fun Day from 4pm on Friday (July 7) which will be followed by live music and a hog roast at Great Western Hotel from 6pm and live music outside Newquay venues from 7pm.

Finally, the grand finale will take place on Saturday with the Mascot Race taking place from the Hotel Victoria to the Barrowfields at 5.30pm followed by the grand Full Carnival which will start at the Hotel Bristol at 6pm before making its way along the Narrowcliff, Cliff Roadm East Street and Bank Street before ending at The Fort on Fore Street.

Entries to the Carnival are open right up to parade day, for more information visit:

By Beth Perry 5th July 2017

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