Big crowds for resort's carnival

PUBLISHED: 14:50 20 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

ENORMOUS crowds turned out for the region's premier seaside carnival – and they were not disappointed as they were treated to possibly the biggest and best ever.

ENORMOUS crowds turned out for the region's premier seaside carnival – and they were not disappointed as they were treated to possibly the biggest and best ever.

After a nail-biting morning watching the clouds for signs of the weather forecasters' promised rain, organisers were delighted to see the parade at Felixstowe get underway in summer sunshine and it stayed fine throughout.

The hour-long procession of more than 40 floats, Royal courts, majorettes and fancy dress characters was one of the most spectacular in the event's history.

Local groups, organisations and businesses had spent hours at work on the dazzling displays and entertainment on the backs of the 40-foot lorries, and there was plenty for the thousands who turned up to watch and enjoy.

The weather did put a dampner on yesterday's >>>> attractions though and the raft races, aerobatics display, and sea rescue demonstration had to be postponed due to heavy showers and high winds.

Hamilton Road was several people deep each side with some of the biggest crowds for years as Saturday's colourful cavalcade began its journey from the town centre to the seafront.

Most entries had taken up the theme, "Into The Future", with imaginations running riot and floats awash with aliens and spaceships, and plans for holidays on Mars instead of the Suffolk coast. The Brackenbury Sports Centre float took a different tack – and imagined the resort hosting the 2052 Olympics!

Winners of the floats class was Conkers for their vision of future carnivals.

The crowds waved and cheered as the floats, led by Town Crier Jimmy Wearne and Carnival Queen Faye Lloyd and her princesses Hannah Devine and Megan Small, made their way along the two-mile route.

Churches, pre-school groups, sports clubs, nightclubs, a holiday camp, charity groups and a rock band were among those who entered floats.

Carnival queens from Brightlingsea, Trimley, Walton, Clacton and Stowmarket added glamour, while majorettes troupes Felixstowe Poloz, Techtronics, Ipswich Imperials, Silver Spinners, and Ice Illusions provided music and marching.

Organisers said they were thrilled with the number of people who turned out to watch and hoped to have raised a good sum for local causes and charities.

They praised all the people who part in the procession for their efforts and the immense amount of work which had gone into the floats' scenery and costumes.

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