Weather forces cancellation of Seaton carnival parade

PUBLISHED: 10:46 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:54 05 September 2016

The Pirate Band in Windsor Gardens before setting off on the parade around Seaton. Picture: Ian Barradale.

The Pirate Band in Windsor Gardens before setting off on the parade around Seaton. Picture: Ian Barradale.

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Organisers are meeting to decide whether they can reschedule the procession

An empty Seaton seafront on Saturday evening after the carnival procession had to be called off due to bad weather. Ref mha 36-16SH 6899 Picture: Simon Horn.An empty Seaton seafront on Saturday evening after the carnival procession had to be called off due to bad weather. Ref mha 36-16SH 6899 Picture: Simon Horn.

Seaton carnival organisers are meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 6) to discuss whether they can reschedule the illuminated parade which had to be cancelled on Saturday because of the weather.

The committee took the difficult s decision to call off the event in the afternoon as high winds and rain hit the resort.

Chairman June Millman said: “The forecast had said it would clear by 8pm, but it could not be guaranteed. As it turned, out the decision was the right one as it was raining again at 8pm.

“The Procession Managers got together at 4pm and took an hour to ring all the entries to stop them leaving home.

“They had already had messages from South Brent, Chard and Honiton that they had decided not to chance it.

“Also, it was not fair to expect 12 fancy dress walking entries to parade in the wind and rain.

“With so many phone calls to make it was with regret they missed one of the committee marshals, two local judges and the local Town Crier, who had invited another Crier and escort to join him. The committee very much apologise to these people and anyone else they may have missed.

“It was too late to stop the Romsey Old Cadets Carnival Band who arrived at 5pm. Like true entertainers they rose to the challenge, dressed in their carnival costumes and played in the town hall for the committee and supporters.

“They then decided to march around the town stopping at all the local pubs, where they surprised the clientele by marching and playing in one door and out the other collecting for carnival charities on the way. During this time £97 was collected.

“Seaton Carnival Committee would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding and for the lovely messages.”

* Friday stayed dry for the children’s fancy dress pirate parade which attracted more than 60 entries. They were led around the town by Captain Barracuda (Janine Barradale), stopping off at shops and businesses displaying the pirate cross to demand booty and treasure.

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