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Carnival capers in Newquay!

By Beth Perry 12th July 2017

Carnival capers in Newquay!
Colourful action from Newquay Carnival 2017

COMMUNITY groups, charities and musicians came together to celebrate the grand finale of Newquay’s Carnival Week with a parade along the high street.

Newquay Carnival went out with a bang again this year when the Carnival procession on Saturday bought the fun-packed week to a close with a mascot race held by Newquay BID followed by a community-spirited parade.

Local charities, businesses and community groups were represented in the Mascot Race and crowds of people watched the race, which was won by the Cornwall Air Ambulance, before turning their attention to the Carnival procession which included winners of the Newquay Lion’s Young Citizens 2017 awards, Brownies, surf life saving groups and local dance groups.

A group of judges picked their favourites for a number of awards with Newquay Surf Life Saving Club winning the coveted best overall Carnival entry, as well as the best school or club, the Friends of Newquay Hospital winning the tourism class and Camel Creek Adventure Park winning the humorous category.

Ian Millar won the best veteran vehicle award as he drove Niahm Foster, the Carnival Queen, in the procession. A group of Brownies made up of 3rd and 4th Newquay were chosen as the best walking entry as well as the best children’s group fancy dress.

Ava Stephens won the best under 16 individual fancy dress entry and the adult fancy dress award went to the Thursday Club with Lane Theatre in second place.

Individual adult fancy dress awards went to Christine Sanders and G Willmott and the award for mixed adult and children went to Heron Tennis.

A spokesperson from the Newquay Lions, who organise the Carnival, said: “It was great to see so many new faces in the Carnival this year, with lots of entries and our fairy queen and king and Carnival queen. The committee would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Carnival as well as those who took part.

“The Newquay Lions Club and the committee couldn’t run this event without the support of Newquay’s community. But, sometimes we can forget the sponsors who work throughout the year and who have supported Newquay Lions in making this Carnival happen. Without the sponsors of Newquay Carnival it wouldn’t be what it is now.

“Newquay Carnival Committee will be meeting on Monday, July 17, in Sainsbury’s Cafe to reflect on the Carnival Week and look at ways of improving and enhancing the effectiveness of Newquay Carnival so, if you saw something you weren’t happy with, or you just want to find out more, please come along.”

By Beth Perry 12th July 2017

John Maddocks 29th July 2017 17:03
it was great to see everyone getting involved, reminded me of when the town used to have 1900 week. BUT the organisation at the end was absolutely abysmal. There was no thought given to where the participants were to go at the end of the parade, so they just turned round and walked back through the ongoing parade causing chaos by virtue of the fact that anyone taking photos were constantly having to avoid the people walking back. So come on Lions, you do a tremendous job, but finishing the parade in the narrowest part of town with no exit? Try it the other way round next year.
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