Honiton Carnival comes to town at the weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:59 17 October 2018

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Alex Walton

The carnival takes place in Honiton on Saturday, (October 20) and, judging by previous processions on the East Devon circuit, it will be a night to remember.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton PhotographyBudleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

The carnival is one of the biggest events on Honiton’s calendar, bringing local residents out on the streets and attracting people from all around the surrounding area.

Honiton Carnival secretary Karen Wilson said: “Every year is special, as the themes of the floats change and you never know what you are going to see.”

Honiton’s Royalty float this year has the theme of octopi and mermaids, and has been proving popular with the crowds on the circuit.

There will also be a new element this year; a parade of trucks going up Honiton High Street about a quarter of an hour before the main procession.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton PhotographyBudleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

The carnival spirit is strong in Honiton, with many local businesses and other organisations getting involved in the parade.

“As it’s their home town, they like to put in an appearance to showcase their organisation,” said Karen. “It may be through dance, a walking entry, or a float. There is always room for more local organisations to get involved, in fact it’s something that we encourage.

“As for the carnival spirit on the night, it’s always a fun family night of entertainment. It’s great if the crowd get involved by clapping the entries as they pass to show their appreciation of all the long hours of work that have gone into making these wonderful floats and walking entries.”

The day itself begins with the carnival committee’s usual ‘big breakfast’, which will be at The Lacemakers. “This is the only time of the day when we have time to eat and meet as a group,” said Karen. The rest of the day is spent organising the marshals’ station at Ottery Moor Lane and setting up for the presentation of the prizes. The entries start arriving at Honiton Business Park at about 3pm, where they finish their preparations for the procession which starts at 7.30pm.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton PhotographyBudleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Each year’s carnival depends on the previous year’s street collection on the night, and Karen is urging residents and businesses alike to throw a few coins into the collecting buckets.

“If everyone watching the carnival donated just £1, that would guarantee that the carnival will take place again next year,“ said Karen.

Honiton Carnival Committee would like to thank all the sponsors: Thomas Westcott, The Paper Shop, House of Hair, Leesons, Layzell & Sons, Peter Betteridge, Alan Rowe, The Volunteer, E A Dodd & Son, CMS Independence, Paul Richards Motors, Duralife Windows, MKM Building Supplies, Honiton Carpets, The Chippea, Beauty by Bev, East Devon Garden Care, Delves, To and Fro.

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