Annual carnival raises thousands for local good causes

Burwell Carnival 2015'Spring Close Montessori'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150629-010827009
Burwell Carnival 2015'Spring Close Montessori'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150629-010827009

The day of celebration whose theme this year was sci-fi, fantasy and adventure, kicked off the second week-long Burwell Festival which includes a variety of free entertainment including music, comedy shows, drama and storytelling at local pubs, clubs and other venues.

There were plenty of participants in the float parade with the Burwell Early Learners winning the top prize for their Star Wars entry, runners up were Burwell Rainbows with How To Train My Dragon, and third Spring Close Montessori’s Despicable Me. The adult group prize went to the judo club for its Dr Who entry.

Also featuring in the parade were the Carnival King and Queen Noah Mann and Kaisha Halpin with their attendants Monica Drake and William Macintosh.

Also in the parade were the Soham Majorettes and the Soham Boys’ Brigade Band, Burwell Fire Brigade, the village’s army cadets and a samba band.

On the field were a host of attractions including fairground rides, displays by local groups and a street juggler from London’s Covent Garden.

Mark Hylton, one of the organisers, said: “It was a great day. The weather was perfect and a lot of people stayed right through the day into the evening. The money is still coming in but I am confident we will have raised over £10,000 which will be distributed at a presentation evening in October.”

The carnival’s organising committee has already scheduled meetings to look at next year’s event and anyone who would like to get involved should contact Mark on 07786 392307 or find out more on the carnival’s Twitter page @BurwellCarnival or the Burwell Carnival Facebook page.