The sun came out. Indeed the weather could not have been kinder for the postponed Whitchurch Carnival Procession run by the Festival Committee, as it wound its way through the town. (Click on our pics to enlarge them). In July it had been postponed for the second year running when the heavens opened, soaking everyone and making it impossible to run.

But today, led by PC Paula in her Police Car, followed by the Mayor Cllr Jackie Day resplendent in her red cloak and chain and the Carnival Queen and Attendants, the Procession set off from Ardglen with participants rattling their buckets on their way to the Square.

Colourful parade
Youngsters danced to Grease, belly dancers wiggled, and a very dashing soldier marched as the small but colourful parade continued on its way down Winchester Street to Testbourne playing fields.
The town had come out to watch, and the streets were lined with spectators.

Stalls of all kinds
At Testbourne several local groups had set up stalls ranging from tombolas to coconut shies, and crafts to plants.

Meanwhile the hungry and thirsty were catered for by a BBQ doing a good trade in hot dogs and burgers, and a bar selling beer, cider and wine, including a local real ale from Stonehenge Brewery.

A funfair with bouncy castles and slides, a small big wheel (yes we know!), and candy floss stall was also popular.

Rob Dunlop, Festival Chairman and the Mayor of Whitchurch, Cllr Jackie Day.

With many still away for holidays the date was always going to be difficult for a postponed event, but the Festival Committee are to be commended for persevering and running what was an enjoyable afternoon.

And a Flypast too!
And the only flying Vulcan aircraft flew over Whitchurch too, and we can of course dream that it was really a flypast that was visiting the Carnival, attracted by the mouthwatering smells of Gary’s onions !

Forthcoming events

Next event run by Whitchurch Festival is a Quiz in the Bell, this coming Tuesday night (September 4th) at 7.30pm – just £2.00 a head with a maximum of six in the team. This is followed by the visit of Happy’s Circus to the grounds of the Primary School on Sunday 30th September.

Comments (1)

  • Sandy Olsson

    Damn!!!! Ain’t there a better picture of me??


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