Bumper turnout for Axminster Carnival

PUBLISHED: 15:15 18 September 2016 | UPDATED: 21:45 18 September 2016

The Ipplepen CC float Africa which won awards for best costumes and best music at Axminster Carnival procession. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Ipplepen CC float Africa which won awards for best costumes and best music at Axminster Carnival procession. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Organisers say the crowds were the biggest for many years

A parked car blocking the Axminster carnival procession route in Hillhead Terrace  had to be physically removed beorre the parade could begin. Picture: CHRIS CARSONA parked car blocking the Axminster carnival procession route in Hillhead Terrace had to be physically removed beorre the parade could begin. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

‘Perfect’ weather attracted some of the biggest crowds in recent years at Saturday’s Axminster Carnival illuminated parade.

Delighted organisers said more people turned out to cheer on the colourful floats and walking entries than for some time.

Thanks to the turnout they hope to have done really well with the cash collections which will be distributed to local good causes.

A spokesmen for the organising committee thanked all the participants including Steve Herbert, Emma Cole, Messrs Scott Rowe, Keith Sweetland, the Co-Op and Cloud Nine for their generous support, and Axminster Rotary Club for providing the marshals.

Cup winners were:

Best in procession: Downtown Chicago, Sidvale CC

Best walking: Kelly Leigh School of Dance

Best drama entry: Robinson Crusoe, Axminster Drama Club.

Best costumes: Africa, Ipplepen CC.

Best music, Africa, Ipplepen CC.

Best pub entry, NI Axemen

Class results;

Fancy dress, individual junior: 1 Dragon Master, Oscar Collins, 2 Queen of Hearts, JBCC Maisie, 3 Jack in the Box, Charmaine Brading.

Fancy dress, individual adult: 1 KINGDOM, Lucie Thomas, 2 Reinia Aranya (spider wueen), JBCC Jodie Bea, 3 Behind the Mask, N QUICK

Fancy dress, pairs: 1 Gods of War, Jiggle CC, 2 Hula Hula Girls, E Dunsbury.

Decorated hand cart: 1 Looping the loop, J and E Hellier, 2 Buzz, Bubbles CC, 3 Little Red Riding Hood, P Lugg.

Walking group: 1 A Step in Time, Kelly Leigh School of Music, 2 Step in Time, Zen CC, 3 Robinson Crusoe, Axminster Drama Club.

Decorated trade: 1 East Devon Rural Services, 2 RED Transport.

Mini floats: 1 Texas, Generations CC.

Visiting royalty (East Devon circuit): 1 Ice Kingdom, Honiton CC, 2 Enchanted Princess, Colyton Carnival, 3, Icetastic, Ottery St Mary CC, 4 Star Gate, Seaton CC.

Visiting royalty (open): 1 Venetian Dream, Bovey Tracey CC.

Open class, 30ft and under: 1 Africa, Ipplepen CC, 2 Budrock and Roll, Budleigh Salterton CC, 3 Devon Freewheelers.

Youth: 1 Poppins, Amigo’s CC, 2 Swinging 60’s, South Brent CC, 3 You Argh a Pirate, Eclipse Junior CC, 4 Who’s afraid of The Big Wad Wolfe, Colyton Caterpillars.

Local: 1 I Rex, A and A CC, 2 101 Dalmatians, Axe Early Learning Centre, 3 Axemen, Axmen Bike Club.

Open: 1 Downtown Chicago, Sidvale CC, 2 Venture to the Unknown, OSMVSU CC.

Comic: 1 Working!, Nunsford Nutters, 2 Welcome to our House, Harbourside CC.

Organisers have expressed dismay at some anti social behaviour at the end of the procession which it is understood involved some arrests. There was also controversy about some residents’ cars, parked along sections of the procession route, being given penalty tickets long before the parade began. But just before the start one vehicle, which had already been booked (PICTURED ABOVE) had to be physically lifted onto the pavement before the giant tableaux could set off.

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