There was a holiday feel to Wing on Saturday as the “seaside” – along with glorious weather –arrived for the village carnival.
With the weather forecast looking dire all week, the small Wing Carnival Committee shuddered to think what on earth the day would turn out like.
But amazingly the blistering sun came out and shone on Jubilee Green and a very high number of people turned out to lap up the entertainment
The seaside-themed procession started off at Moorlands and made its way with music and a large array of outfits to The Green.
Included in the procession were Wing Brownies, Wing Beavers & Cub Scouts, Wing Church Mice, Overstone School Reception class, Wing Tennis Club and the Thornhill Majorettes. The best walking float, as chosen by Gully Mouse, went to the tennis club.
Clare Cleaver, of Wing Carnival Committee, said: “There were so many arena events and so much entertainment going on throughout the afternoon that everybody was kept very busy with something to do. It was a truly community-spirited event.”
Winners in the Wing ‘Bake-Off’ were Diane Jenings for ‘best vegetable or fruit cake’ and Bernice Goldman for ‘any other cake’. The children’s class winners were Abbie Cleaver for ‘six decorated cupcakes’, Jack Bridgen for ‘seaside in a seed tray’ and Sylvie Hankinson for her ‘seaside collage’.
The famous Scarecrow Festival was back with 32 entries and the winner, as voted for by carnival-goers, was Rosemary Noland from Wantage Close.
Wing knitting group, the Naughty Knitters, ‘yarn bombed’ the event with a hand-knitted large Wing Carnival seaside-themed blanket.
Clare added: “The committee all had a wonderful day and with the glowing reports on our Facebook page so did the many other people. We are looking forward to next year’s event already.”
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