Magic of the movies lights up carnival day

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015
Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015
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The public turned out in force to enjoy a day at the movies courtesy of Leighton Buzzard Carnival.

Saturday’s extravaganza attracted a sizeable crowd who watched the procession weave its way from Cedars Upper School to Parsons Close Recreation Ground.

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

Pride of place in the procession, which was led by Nexus Pipe and Drum Corp and had a film theme, was the float carrying the 2015 Carnival Queen Holly Porter and carnival princesses Eva Patterson and Lottie Bates.

The focus then switched to Parson’s Rec where a full programme kept the crowds entertained for the rest of the day.

Carnival committee chairman Mark Freeman said: “The carnival committee were very pleased with the turnout both in Parsons Close and on the procession route.

“A good crowd encourages the participants and makes the day successful.

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

“We had some very entertaining performances in the arena that were enjoyed by visitors and spectacular floats in the procession.

“A final total has not been calculated yet, but indications are that the carnival has raised more money this year than for a number of years.

“The charges for stalls and programme advertising have been frozen for five years now, but costs have increased, so a substantial increase in the amount collected on the procession is welcome.

“A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to carnival, especially S&J Pierce Transport without whom there would be no procession, and out other sponsors.”

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2015

The procession winners for 2015 were:

Section A. Children’s Organisations/ Schools: 1 Totternhoe Lower School; 2 Beaudesert Lower School/ Pulford VA Lower School; 3 Leedon Lower School.

Section B. Open: 1 The Wheatsheaf; 2 Brooklands Residents’ Association; 3 Hockliffe Street Baptist Church.

Section C. Walking & Cycling: 1 Curtain Call Youth Theatre; 2 Dogs for the Disabled; 3 Shooting Stars.

> Suggestions for the theme for carnival 2016 need to be with the carnival committee by July 31 so that they can ballot for the theme on the website during August.

> See more photos in Tuesday’s LBO.