Four wins in a row for Sidvale CC

PUBLISHED: 13:28 23 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 15 June 2010

A BURST of sunshine boosted entries at Axminster Carnival, with around 60 contenders taking to the road. Street collections alone raised £1,700 and organisers were still counting as the Herald went to press.

A BURST of sunshine boosted entries at Axminster Carnival, with around 60 contenders taking to the road.Street collections alone raised £1,700 and organisers were still counting as the Herald went to press.Sidvale CC took top honours - the fourth consecutive 'best overall' gong for the all-singing, all-dancing Mickey's Express.And Boogie Bass Bugs, of Honiton, triumphed against the odds, winning a cup for the best costumes in the procession and first prize in the walking group - despite only preparing four months prior to the event and having difficulty securing sponsorship.'Bug' Michelle Dowling said the club was initially sponsored by a company in Bristol - as it had proved hard to find local support."We had to scrape by and have really struggled. But all the hard work has been worth it. As for winning - I'm loving it!" she said."I would like to thank our sponsors Advance Scaffolding, To and Fro, and Dave Harvey for supplying the music system."Axminster's Tic Toc CC have enjoyed mixed results with their Space coming in first, second, third and fourth at different carnivals.Member Darren Windsor said: "I'm really happy we got second place at Axminster, as it's my home town. We had a great night and it all went really well."One club put on a 'rubbish' display - the Axe Skip Hire. Pepe Sloman said: "It was all made from scrap and took weeks and weeks to make. We won third prize, but it's the taking part that counts - we didn't enter it for the winning."She said the crowd appeared to enjoy the float, with a couple of people pretending to put their rubbish in.


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