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Robotic fun and rock 'n' roll in Trimley

PUBLISHED: 16:16 23 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

REVELLERS packed the street which joins the twin Trimley villages as the community's colourful carnival cavalcade linked them in one big celebration.

The weather stayed fine and the crowds turned out to enjoy a real family day of fun and entertainment as the villages showed once again how they can put on the carnival style.

REVELLERS packed the street which joins the twin Trimley villages as the community's colourful carnival cavalcade linked them in one big celebration.

The weather stayed fine and the crowds turned out to enjoy a real family day of fun and entertainment as the villages showed once again how they can put on the carnival style.

It was hats off to the organisers who provided a wealth of attractions for all ages and all tastes – with no time for anyone to be bored with so much to see and do.

Carnival chairman David Cawdron was thrilled with how the day went.

"It has been brilliant – a lot of hard work but a lot of fun, and we hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have," he said.

"The committee is delighted so many people turned out to support the event.

"The procession was excellent and we have had lots of nice comments from people, and it was lovely to see such a lot of support from other carnivals which sent their carnival queens to be with us.

"I just want to thank everyone who has supported us and all the people who have helped prepare for the event and helped on the day!"

People lined the streets to watch the dazzling procession make its way from Faulkeners Way in Trimley St Mary, along High Road, to the sports and social club field in Trimley St Martin.

Carnival Queen Gemma Hope, 17, and her princesses Racheal Miller, 11, and Emma Rushbrooke, 11, waved happily to the crowds as they led the parade of floats, majorette troupes, entertainers, and fancy dress characters.

They were joined by the Royal Courts of queens and princesses from Walton, Felixstowe, Clacton, Brightlingsea, and Braintree and Bocking, who provided added glamour to the cavalcade.

Local groups had been hard at work on their floats, concentrating on the theme of the rock 'n' roll fifties and swinging' sixties and there was plenty to admire with lots of nostalgic fashion, music and memories from the past.

Entertainment on the field included a funfair, mini quad bikes, magician Captain Geffini, car boot sale, and displays from the fire service and coastguard.

In the grand ring there were displays by majorette troupes the Ipswich Gold and White Militaires, Tectronics and Felixstowe Poloz, martial arts experts of the Ho Wang Kung Fu Academy – including the new UK San Shou champion Brent Rose from Felixstowe – and music from the Ipswich Caribbean Steel Band.

Special guest was Ipswich Town and England legend Kevin Beattie, who was also helping to man The Evening Star's stand.

Also at the Star's stand there was a chance to have a go at Robot Wars with the Storm Robot team from Martlesham.

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