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Carnival time in Blandford

By mmanning  |  Posted: September 09, 2013

  • Busy bees on the Honeypot float of M Fowler and the Blandford Carnival collectors.

  • Pirates from Milldown Primary School drop anchor for Blandford Carnival.

  • Some of the guests at the Butterfly Ball of Magnum Carnival Club.

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BUTTERFLIES, bees and Indians wowed the crowds which lined the streets for Blandford Carnival on Saturday.

The butterflies came in the colourful tableau of Magnum Carnival Club, judged best overall and best local entry, the bees from the Carnival Committee float and its bevy of beautiful collectors, and the Indians on the Cherokee float of Muppets CC, who won the best endeavour and Fran Rose trophies.

There was a medley of musical entertainment and convivial atmosphere as the public were also kept amused by the pirates from Milldown Primary School, the straw throwing Young Farmers, the recycling Badger Sett, the pyjama-wearing occupants and surrounding dancers of Storm CC's Grandma's Feather Bed and the winged formation scooters of the Disability Action Group as the DAG Arrows, who won the award for most humorous entry.

Five-year-old Florence Haskett was an immaculate rag doll in a toy box and awarded the trophy for best endeavour amongst the walking entries, where other class prizewinners were Georgia, Curtis and Jess Vick as Smurf Crew, Rosie Wild as The One That Got Away, Janet Hinton as Hippy Chick and Natasha Shaw as a glowing Firebird.

The massed sporting contributions of the Blandford Rugby Club Juniors and Blandford Youth Football swelled the youths, schools and organisations class.

And the Royal British Legion staged a colourful advert for their forthcoming Car Show and Blue Light Day on the Marsh and Ham car park on Sunday 22nd September, which was followed by an equally colourful parade of a dozen Subarus from the Southern Subaru Car Club.

With a total of seven troupes of majorettes and bands, competition was keen and the trophies went to the Stardust group from Midsomer Norton and the Dorset Marching Youth Band (Quarterjacks) from Wimborne.

Carnival chairman Lil Jones said that, apart from a slightly delayed start due to the late arrival of the float to carry Carnival Princess Jenny Lockyer and her attendants Amelia Ball and Lauren Johnstone, the procession had gone very smoothly.

At the baby show held earlier in the day, 21-month-old Tommy Yorukogmu was overall winner, and other class winners were five week old Layla Yates, 11-month-old Gabriela Kostova, and 13-month-old Eliza Hinks.

Proceeds of £50 each from last year's carnival were presented to Milldown Primary School, the Stour Valley Band, Magnum Carnival Club and John Paulley of the John Paulley Trust for their continued support to the Carnival.

Nicci Brown

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