Carnival teams set to bring colourful entries to Honiton
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 October 2017
It is billed as one of the most colourfully exuberant nights held in Honiton - encompassing music, bright lights and a lot of excitement.
The town’s carnival procession is readying itself to rumble through its high street once again on Saturday, October 28.
Supporting this year’s spectacle are a variety of smaller fundraisers, including a quiz night at The Beehive on Sunday, October 22 (7pm) and a meat bingo at the Mackarness Hall on Wednesday, October 25 (7pm, eyes down 8pm).
Many of the carnival clubs have been working all year round to get their floats and walking entries ready for the carnival season, which started at the beginning of September.
The royalty for this year’s carnival procession in Honiton have been officially sworn in.
Oriana Burford and Georgia Clifford-Davies will join several other illuminated floats as they make their way down High Street on the evening of Saturday, October 28.
The event is a popular fixture in the Honitonian calender, raising hundreds of pounds each year for charities and other good causes.
Karen Wilson, Honiton Carnival secretary said: “Oriana had worked her way up to be the May Queen in Orpington, London this year, but sadly had to refuse as they had moved to Honiton.
“She was so excited that she was going to be one of the carnival royalty, have a lovely costume, sit on a float and go to all the local carnivals.”
Honiton Carnival is last on the circuit, and organisers say they are aiming to make it the best one yet.
The procession will be led out by the Kelly Leigh Dance Troupe, from Chard, from 7.15pm, and the group will be doing displays along the route to entertain the crowd while waiting for the main procession.
Carnival Secretary Karen Wilson, said “We must thank the sponsors of this year’s carnival, without whom, the carnival would not happen.
“Their support is so important to us and is greatly appreciated.
“The committee is also extremely thankful to Tesco who awarded us £2,000 from their Bags of Help scheme. This money is being put towards the running costs of the carnival which increase every year.
“Lastly, we want to urge people to come out and support the carnival by putting whatever change they have in the collecting buckets and floats.
“Procession night is going to be full of colour, music, smiling faces and is definitely not to be missed. A lot of local groups will be in the procession so please come and support them.
“Any profit made from the collection goes to local good causes.”
The sponsors for this year’s carnival are: Delve Electrical, Layzell & Sons, MKM, Paul Richard’s Motors, Hamblys, Thomas Westcott, The Paper Shop, The Bed Expert, E. A. Dodd & Son, To and Fro, BP/Marks and Spencers, East Devon Garden Services, The Chippea and The Volunteer.