This year’s EdlesboroughCarnival had the biggest procession and the most wonderfully decorated floats for many years, organisers have said.
The crowds that gathered on the village green on Saturday were in awe of some of the decorations in the theme of the sea.
Spokesman Richard Evans said: “The carnival was absolutely heaving with people and stalls; it was the biggest carnival in terms of total number present that there has ever been.
“The general atmosphere and crowd behaviour was just what you would expect from a typical, if untypically large village carnival... plenty of sunshine, smiling faces, homemade cakes, crowds drifting home at around 5:30pm.”
“The funfair was huge with the ‘spinning cabins of doom’ a particular hit (and doubtless stomach churner).
“The family dog show pulled an enormous crowd – especially the sausage race!
“The weather was perfect for everyone and the typical village tea tent and barbeques did a roaring trade selling out of almost everything from tea to cup cakes and from chorizo hotdog and burger to kebabs.”
The Hines family, owners of the Eaton Bray Butchers for many years, opened the carnival and as suppliers of the charity BBQ foodstuffs undertook a ceremonial tasting of their goods.
Monies are still being totted up but it is likely that the carnival will have made £13,000 to £15,000 for distribution to local charities and good cause. This year’s primary charities were Medical Detection Dogs, Joss Searchlight (children’s families cancer support), and St Mary’s Church fabric fund.
Organisations that would like a donation from this year’s funds can contact the organisers via the carnival website; www.stmarysvillagecarnival.com.
See more photos in this week’s Leighton Buzzard Observer and Dunstable Gazette