Crowds turn out in force for Thornbury carnival

Crowds turn out in force for Thornbury carnival

SR_122_001 Sheltering out of the heavy downpour at the the start of the Thornbury Carnival parade on Saturday (7928844)

SR_123_001 Marlwood school pupils Jess Clayton,16, Toni Smith,17 and Briony Salter,17, carried the carnival banner at the head of the parade (7928834)

SR_124_001 Marlwood school pupils Jess Clayton,16, Toni Smith,17 and Briony Salter,17, carried the carnival banner at the head of the parade (7928829)

SR_125_001 Members of the DAGGS Allotment group as the Red Barrows display team in the Carnival Parade (7928827)

SR_126_001 Members of Thornbury in Bloom in the carnival parade on Saturday (7928824)

SR_127_001 Brain Tumour Support volunteers in the carnival parade (7928821)

SR_128_001 The City of Bristol Pipe Band at the head of the Thornbury Carnival Parade on Saturday (7928818)

First published in News

THOUSANDS of people turned out to support Thornbury's carnival, with a soaking early in the event failing to put off the huge crowd.

A badly timed downpour hit the town just as the carnival procession was getting ready to leave the Castle School.

But the sun soon came out and as the parade made its way through the High Street, shoppers and carnival-goers packed the pavements to watch the bands, walking groups and floats go past.

Organiser David Goldring said: "It was disappointing to have the rain but the numbers of people who turned out were fantastic. There were thousands there turning up in a constant stream.

"We've already received comments from people who went along saying how much they had enjoyed themselves.

"As well as all the entertainment, there were also 140 stalls on the Mundy Playing Field. The carnival was big, busy and very enjoyable."

Among the highlights of the day was an air display involving a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Down on the ground a Red Arrows flight simulator was a big hit and with an extra stage set up, there were three in use throughout the event.

Live music was played by a range of bands, including the Street Heat samba band, the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums and Thornbury Town Band, and families enjoyed funfair rides, Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides.

Mr Goldring said the carnival involved many local community groups, schools, businesses and charities, including the Thornbury-based Brain Tumour Support - formerly Hammer Out.

Walking groups played a big part in the procession, which also featured classic cars.

Now, after the clear-up, attention is already turning to next year's attraction.

Mr Goldring said: "It will take place on Saturday, July 4, which is American Independence Day, so there will be an American theme for the carnival."

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