Colyton carnival’s colourful 2012 climax

Crowds dig deep to give the town’s big week a shining finale despite the economic gloom

Money may be scarce these days but entertainment is never in short supply at Colyton carnival.

And despite the recession, appreciative crowds dug deep to support the town’s big day on Saturday.

The well supported Dolphin Street market raised �5,093 while lunches and teas brought in a further �393 and �131 respectively.

The illuminated procession, in the evening, again saw hundreds pack the narrow streets to cheer on the colourful floats and although entries were slightly down collections raised �1,758 – bringing the day’s gross total to a very worthwhile �7,375.

Secretary Caroline Collier was well pleased, considering the difficult times, and told The Herald the quality of floats was extremely high.

She added: “We want to pass on our thanks to everyone who has helped us through the week and everyone who has supported our events, without this support we would not have a successful carnival.”

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Parade results.

Trophy winners:

Best overall: The Dove Ball (South Brent CC).

Best local: Properrrr Job (Nunsford Nutters CC).

Best local youth: The Ugly Bug Ball (Colyton Caterpillars).

Best uniformed organisation: 101 Dalmatians (1st Colyton Brownies).

Best Walking entry: 1 Up, Up and Away (Cousins Carnival Club, Ilminster).

Best music: ‘R’ (1st Honiton Scouts).

Most entertaining: Grease (Ottery St Mary VSU).

Class results:

Walking groups (open): 1 Up, Up and Away (Cousins CC, Ilminster), 2 Toys in a Box (Marchant family, Sidmouth), 3 Once Upon a Time (Poppe Inn CC, Tatworth).

Walking groups (local, adult): 1 London Olympics 1908, Synchronised Swimming Team (Colyton WI), 2 Masquerade (Colyton Theatre Group), 3 To the Fayre (Colyford Goose Fayre).

Walking groups (local, junior): 1 The Weird and Wonderful World of Roald Dahl (Colyton Primary School).

Costume or impersonation on foot (pairs): 1 Flower Fairies (Ozma CC, Bramall family, Exeter), 2 Legend – Lord of Darkness (Paul Lugg, Exeter), 3 Wolf Pups (Paul Lugg, Exeter).

Costume or impersonation on foot (single, over 16): 1 Atlantis (A and A CC, Nigel Phillips, Kilmington), 2 Halo ‘N’ Horns (Lucy Thomas, Topsham).

Costume or impersonation on foot (single, under 16): 1, Phantom en Violet (Aiden Pearcy, Ottery St Mary), 2 Toy Story (Ozma CC, Exeter).

Non motorised: 1 Scatty Scarecrows (P Armour, Seaton).

Youth organisation floats (under 18): 1 The Ugly Bug Ball (Colyton Caterpillars), 2 101 Dalmatians (1st Colyton Brownies), 3 War Horse (1st Colyton Guides).

Youth floats (under 18): 1 The Dove Ball (South Brent CC), 2 ‘R’ (1st Honiton Scouts), 3 Wizard of Oz (Chloe Bolton, Axminster), 4 Rainbow’s Pirates (Rainbows Playgroup, Axminster).

Queens’ float (non circuit): 1, Ocean Queen (Bovey Tracey Carnival), 2 Royal Roses (Topsham Town Fayre).

Carnival Queens (East Devon circuit): 1 Year of the Dragon (Seaton), 2 Bollywood Dreams (Ottery St Mary).

Open floats, decorated (up to 30ft): 1 The Lion King (Ipplepen CC), 2 Grease (Ottery St Mary VSU), 3 Cold Chills (Budleigh Salterton CC).

Open Floats: 1 Bump in the Night (Sidvale CC).

Comic: 1 Properrrr Job (Nunsford Nutters CC), 2 Jolly Roger (Axminster Young Farmers Club).

*Colyton Carnival Committee stress all financial figures are provisional.

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