Carnival puts villagers on cloud nine

Hundreds of villagers lined the streets when a parade of spectacular floats got the annual Doddington Carnival underway on Saturday.

Weather forecasts for rain had organisers worried ahead of the day, but early morning showers cleared just before the parade and the sun shone in time for events on the Benwick Road sports field in the afternoon.

Doddington Carnival Parade ANL-140607-094542009

Doddington Carnival Parade ANL-140607-094542009

Jason Shepherd, from the village’s Carnival and Sports Committee, said: “There were a few nervous moments about the rain, but it stopped just in time and went really well.

“Everyone turned out and it was a really fantastic day.”

The village was awash with colour as the floats rode past cheering crowds in a procession led by carnival prince and princess Thomas Hanley and Grace Cronin.

The theme for this year’s floats was TV, with the committee judging the best to be Mad Mum and Chums’ Noddy float (senior winner) and Lionel Walden School’s Shaun the Sheep float (junior winner).

Just missing out were The George’s Top Of The Pops float (senior runner-up) and Ladies That Lunch’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom float (junior runner-up).

The scarecrow competition winner was Amber, Toby and Jayden Richards, from the Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom float, and the best shop window display was won by Doddington Fish Bar.

The procession also featured classic motorcycles, military vehicles, stilt walkers, dance group Dance and Twirl and, helping everyone get into the carnival spirit, were the Fruity Clave Samba Band, the Caledonian Pipe Band and Chatteris singer Bondy.

The fun continued in the afternoon, with a host of sports events, attractions, games and stalls on the field.

As well as races for all ages, there was face painting, bouncy castles and a bucking bronco, with highlights being a parachute display and Spitfire flyover.

Discover Your Mojo was also on hand with a host of activities and inflatables.

Mr Shepherd thanked all the farmers, hauliers and volunteers for supporting.

“Without them it wouldn’t be possible,” he said.