Crowds flock to watch Somersham’s 39th annual carnival

Somersham Carnival, Buzz Lightyear on the First Step Playgroup float

Somersham Carnival, Buzz Lightyear on the First Step Playgroup float - Credit: Archant

Hundreds turned out to watch the parades and enjoy the entertainment at Somersham’s 39th annual carnival day.

Following the vintage cars, the main procession was led by the carnival princess Tazmin Grove and her attendants Sophie King and Rebecca Webb.

This year’s procession included floats and walkers as well as The Blue Vision Twirlers.

People from the village and surrounding areas turned out to watch the fun with crowds lining the Trundle, Feoffes, High Street and Parkhall Road.

One of the organisers, Jon Carpenter, said: “The weather was not so kind this year but the crowds of people still poured on to the field after the procession and had a wonderful time.”


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The Best Group of Walkers was awarded to Somersham Beavers and Cubs as a group of Minions.

The Best School Float was won by First Steps Playgroup, with their highly-decorated float of Toy Story.

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The Best Club or Pub Float went to Parkhall Equestrian, who were all dressed as the Flintstones.

The Best Independent Float was won by Tony Watts and family with their Thunderbirds theme.

VIP judge this year, Lord Toby Jug, judged the stalls and winners of the cartoon catwalk.

The winner of the Carnival’s Crazy Cartoon Catchphrase competition was Sophie Carpenter, aged six.

Visitors also enjoyed various stalls, food, drink and attractions including a fairground, inflatables and competitions.

There was live music from the St Ives Rhythm and Blues Band, Freddie Hall, Romy Gensale, Jo Ash, and Double Ds, who played throughout the afternoon, as well as music provided by the Somersham Town Band.

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