Honiton Carnival

PUBLISHED: 10:23 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

LET there be lights, of the carnival kind, to brighten your life as the doom and gloom of the credit crunch bites. Honiton and District Carnival Limited is putting on a fantastic show to give people from all walks of life a night to remember. The grand p

LET there be lights, of the carnival kind, to brighten your life as the doom and gloom of the credit crunch bites.

Honiton and District Carnival Limited is putting on a fantastic show to give people from all walks of life a night to remember.

The grand procession takes place on Saturday (October 25) at 7.30pm.

Carnival night is traditionally one of the biggest events on Honiton's calendar. The event is part of the town's heritage and boasts one of the biggest processions in East Devon - if not THE biggest.

Honiton has become the biggest breeding ground for new carnival clubs in East Devon. Boogie Bass Bugs and Honiton Scouts/K9 CC are among this year's newcomers.

Show your support for the continuation of this amazing spectacle by turning out on the night and giving generously. Local organisations will benefit.

Honiton's carnival committee is one of the largest of its kind, and among the most enthusiastic.

In the space of less than three years, the committee has revived Honiton's carnival queen contest and now enters a 'royal' float in processions across East Devon and beyond.

This year's float, Venetian Dream, is already a prize winner. The committee has also introduced a full programme of supporting events.

Carnival chairman Bill Austin said: "We have had an enjoyable season with the royal float, winning three third prizes, a fourth place and a second prize. I'm very pleased with it."

Referring to the grand procession (Ottery Moor Lane to Kings Road, via High Street), he said: "Come along and soak up the carnival atmosphere.

"Show your appreciation for all the hard work that has been put into building floats, big and small, and don't forget all the walking entries and the wonderful costumes. Clap your hands to cheer them along their way up the town."

Mr Austin is urging spectators to give what they can on the night and to only throw coins at official collecting floats.

"Profits benefit local charities and will help next year's carnival," he said.

"Most of all, I hope everyone has an enjoyable night.


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