Sidmouth Carnival lights up town at weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:42 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:22 26 September 2017

Sidmouth Carnival 2017. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

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Spectators young and old turned out to soak in the atmosphere as Sidmouth Carnival rolled in once again.

Groups from across the area showed off their hard work on Saturday in the procession making their way through the town to the seafront.

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The organisers also saw a boost in its donations, raising around £2,200 from its collection tins to put towards next year’s carnival.

Carrying out royal duties were princesses Grace Thompson, aged 10, and Mia White, 11, and stepping in at the last minute to fill the empty queen post was 20-year-old Sophie Wyatt.

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Before the carnival commence, judges named the winners in a number of categories.

The Nunsford Nutters were announced best overall and the Sid Vale Carnival Club was among the top prizes for its open float entitled ‘Greek Empire’.

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Eclipse Juniors won the youth float category and Colyton’s royal float were also crowned winners.

Jo Hughes, chairman of the carnival, said: “It went really smoothly and we have had a lot of positive feedback. It was a really good carnival.

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“It was dry, there was a great atmosphere round the town and a very good night.”

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