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Thousands turn out for March Summer Festival 2018




Organisers of this year's March Summer Festival say it was one of the best with thousands turning out over the three days to enjoy the fun.

March Carnival Parade (2463202)
March Carnival Parade (2463202)

The event kicked off with the popular Rock in the Park on Friday night which saw around 700 people enjoy live music from a host of bands. Sadly the headline act of Tantris was a no show but ever-popular local group Whiskey Twist stepped in to fill the gap.

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March Carnival Parade (2463020)

Saturday was the gala parade day with over 200 classic cars heading the procession,which was interrupted after a woman suffered a medical emergency in High Street.

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March Carnival Parade (2463187)

But the festival's Stephanie Hare said: "the road closures worked well and I'm so proud of the way our team dealt with the situation, halting the parade and allowing the emergency services to help the lady.

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March Carnival Parade (2463159)

"Thankfully we heard later that evening that she was recovering in hospital and was doing well. The representatives of all the groups were stuck in City Road car park while the emergency was dealt with but they amused themselves singing and dancing, before moving off to parade through the town.

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March Carnival Parade (2463005)

"There was a fantastic atmosphere in the park on Saturday afternoon, the performances from the various dance groups are always very popular. The dance tent which was new this year was also a hit.

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March Carnival Parade (2462976)

"The live music in the evening went down well with between 2,000 and 3,000 people watching the performances which ended with Scooted and Booted. I would like to give a special mention to a young teenager, Declan, who spent all afternoon helping to keep the park tidy litter picking - he cleared bags and bags of rubbish."

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March Carnival Parade (2463011)

Sunday's sunshine brought out the picnickers who laid their blankets in the park to listen to the more mellow sounds of the afternoon, with the Cambridge-based Fred's House closing what Stephanie said was a "truly fantastic" weekend.

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March Carnival Parade (2463014)

"I can't thank the people of March enough for coming out and supporting the festival, all those who put on activities including Adrain Ley with his circus tricks," she added.

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March Carnival Parade (2463032)
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March Carnival Parade (2463014)
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March Carnival Parade (2463017)
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March Carnival Parade (2462994)


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