It’s a story of success for carnival

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2014    MPLO
Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2014 MPLO

It was a fairytale occasion on Saturday when Leighton-Linslade turned out in the great numbers to enjoy its 2014 carnival.

The midday procession made its way from Cedars Upper School to Parsons Close Recreation Ground.

Nexus Drum and Bugle Corps led the floats and walkers again and performed their new show MOZaic in the arena later in the afternoon

Walking and cycling groups will be dotted amongst the procession floats, many being provided free of charge once more by S&J Pierce.

Mark Freeman, carnival committee chairman, said: “Parsons Close Recreation Ground was buzzing by mid morning, and the atmosphere all day was amazing.

“I think that everyone taking part was grateful that the weather decided to defy the forecasts and remain hot and dry for the whole day.

“The standard of the procession was incredibly high. The judges all had an incredibly difficult task deciding on the winners, and I know that in some sections the result was very close.

“A huge thanks to those who had given time and effort to make the floats so spectacular.

“We haven’t got back to the heady days of the 70s when major companies in the town had floats as well as the voluntary groups, but we live in hope!

“My thanks go to all my team who facilitate the carnival and to all those in the town who join in to make it actually happen.

“I am also very grateful to everyone who advertises in the programme, and the arena sponsors, it would be impossible to put carnival on without the support of the local businesses and, of course, the town council.

“Roll on July 11, 2015.”

Results of Procession judging:

Section A: Children’s Organisations and Schools – 1. Beaudesert Lower School; 2. Totterhoe Lower School; 3. Leedon Little Learners.

Section B: Open – 1 The Wheatsheaf; 2 Sandhills Community House; 3 Brooklands Residents Association.

Section C: Walking – 1 Heath & Reach Cubs/Scouts; 2 Shooting Stars; 3 Curtain Call Youth Theatre.

> See four pages of carnival pictures in the July 15 issue of the LBO.