Soham comes out in force to enjoy the carnival atmosphere

Hundreds of Soham residents were at the town’s recreation ground on Monday for its annual carnival which organisers hope will have raised thousands of pounds for local charities.

Leading the float parade was Soham and Ely Journal Carnival Princess seven-year-old Zara Rebelo of Martin Close, together with her nine-year-old attendants Faith Bird of Fordham Road and Mia Jones, of Military Road.

They led a parade of eight decorated floats with the Bugsy Malone entry from St Andrew’s primary school taking the best float award. Little Wombatz pre-school was second with The Shade School making its first appearance in the carnival, taking third prize.

Other entries were from The Weatheralls primary school with its circus-theme float, school holiday group Playscheme pupils dressed as Lego superheroes and Windmills Playgroup recreating Noah’s Ark.

Viva Arts and Community Group’s float took the theme of Les Miserables, the show it will be performing in July while Soham Town Rangers Football Club paraded a World Cup 2014-themed entry.

All entries received £25 with the winner receiving £100 and a trophy. The Soham Comrades’ Band, Soham and Fenlander Majorettes, a fire truck and two police cars all took part in the parade.

Sixteen horses took part in the traditional carnival curtain raiser, the annual heavy horse show which began the day at 9am.

Other attractions at the 61st carnival included an extreme sports display, classic cars display, a barbecue run by Cubs and Scouts groups, live music including a Blues Brothers tribute band and numerous stalls.

Soham Classic Vehicle Club brought vintage vehicles including one of only three 1927-built Humber sports motorbikes.

Treasurer Peter Cox, 60, a farmer from Soham Mere, said: “We like to show them off. We are preserving the history of Britain.”

The money collected on the gate by Soham Army cadets will be put back into the community to local groups and organisations most in need of funding.

Carnival organiser and chairman of the Soham Benevolent Association Kim Botting, said: “We had a good response from the people who did the floats who put a lot of effort into them this year and from the exhibitors at the heavy horse show.

“I would like to thank everyone for turning up and one big thank you to the committee, Asda and the cadets.”