Carnival success despite sunshine and showers

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THE Brackley Community Carnival was yet another success despite being hit by rain for the first time in nine years.

Julie Moore, chairman of the organising committee said since she had been involved with the carnival, this was the first time she had been worried about the weather.

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Despite the showers, around 5,000 people attended last Saturday’s parade and carnival.

Ms Moore said: “There were a few worries about the weather before the carnival, but I was pretty determined to make sure it happened. And we did get away with it, everyone just ran for a gazebo to shelter under, then it stopped and everyone came out again.”

Ms Moore thanked everyone on the organising committee, sponsors and town residents for their support.

Rowena Pratt of the Brackley and District Womens’ Institute said they sold hundreds of teas and cakes in the sports pavilion to people dodging the rain showers. Mrs Pratt added: “Everyone’s been really good. Those who’ve ducked in from the rain have bought something and everyone’s been in good humour about the weather. In between showers it’s absolutely gorgeous and the carnival is so colourful.”

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Will and Rosy Fenwick came to the carnival with their son, 13-year-old Nathan, nine-year-old daughter Ellie, and niece Darcie Rosenberg.

Mrs Fenwick said: “It’s always a good day out, there’s always a great community feel and even the rain has not stopped the fun.”

Mrs Fenwick added: “It’s always a chance to see friends you haven’t seen for a while and to be part of the community.”

Susan and Owen Shepherd had bought along their 18-month-old twins James and Luke.

Mr Shepherd said they had lived in the town for two years and were at the carnival for the first time. He added: “It’s really friendly, well organised, and it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon.”

Entertainment on the day included headline act Moto Stunt International with their daredevil motorbike riding, music from Brackley Jazz Orchestra and the junior brass band, and baton twirling fun from Delapre Majorettes.

Waynflete Infants’ School scooped the main prize of the day for their interpretation of the Pied Piper which earned them the title of best dressed float in the parade.

Other prizes presented during the carnival went to Brackley Sports FC’s B-team for winning the five-a-side football, Newells Patisserie for winning the best dressed window, and Esme Reynolds from Brackley Junior School who won the competition to design an image for the carnival programme.