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Hundreds line Soham's streets for carnival parade




The Weatheralls School float winners presented by Dotty McLeod
The Weatheralls School float winners presented by Dotty McLeod

Hundreds of people lined Soham's streets yesterday as the 65th annual carnival made its way through the town.

Setting off from Holmes Lane, the floats were led by carnival princess and prince Grace Wright and Emerson Hillier, followed by attendants Erin Latimer, Sophie Cousins, and Oliver Coleman.

Displays from the town's primary schools, army cadets, Viva and other community groups made their way towards the Recreation Ground, waving at the gathered crowds, collecting donations for the Soham Benevolent Association to hand out to local organisations.

In the float competition, judges decided the 'Find a Home for a Gnome' float from College Road, Lode Close and Millbrook House care homes was the third best float and placed St Andrews' Suffragettes and Sweeps float second.

Soham Carnival Heavy Horse Show
Soham Carnival Heavy Horse Show

But the Willie Wonker themed float from Weatheralls Primary School came out top.

With temperatures topping 23°c, carnival goers had the chance to enjoy the Spring heatwave.

Kim Botting, who has been chairman of the Soham Benevolent Association for 16 years, said that the money raised would go towards funding new playgrounds at the town's three primary schools.

Soham Carnival Soham Comrades Band
Soham Carnival Soham Comrades Band

The Heavy Horse Show and the second annual dog show also formed part of the entertainment, as well as stalls from local organisations along with live music and entertainment.

To see all the pictures from the day, buy a copy of the Newmarket Journal on Thursday.



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