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Monday, 09 July 2012 (3028367)
All hands to pumps!
by Stan Park

WESTHEAD Carnival lived up to its best of British theme - and the organisers came through with flying colours.

Hundreds of people turned up to enjoy the weekend event, which in the end was blessed with fine weather, after torrential downpours earlier in the week threatened to make it a wash-out

The carnival committee refused to allow months of planning to go down the drain. They enlisted the help of family, friend and supporters, who gave hours of free time to help ensure that the event was a success.

The money will be used to launch a new reading scheme at the school.

Westhead Lathom St James CE primary school head teacher Alison Albion said; “ I have got to say we had the worst of British weather leading up to the event and the best of British spirit to get the carnival going ahead. The carnival committee put in a fantastic effort with the help of volunteers. The car boot sale was cancelled but, thanks to the hard work of the carnival crew and some other volunteers the puddles on the field were soaked up by bark chippings and straw. Our school held a fund-raising bingo night which was enjoyed by everyone. Traditional entertainment on the doorstep. A fantastic amount of £1,200 was raised and will put it to good use for the children for a new reading scheme.

On Friday, despite having a month’s rain in three hours, the carnival fancy dress dance went ahead in the marquee and was well-attended.

On Saturday, there were blue skies when the tractors and trailers arrived the children climbed on and endless photographs were taken of the decorated floats - Playgroup- Visit London, Busy Bees - The Great British Seaside. Eager Beavers- Jubillee street parties and Wise Owls- Team GB for the 2012 Olympics. Busy Bees’ Beach theme won.

This year’s Carnival Queen was Molly Costello and her rosebuds were Seren Jones, Martha Tansey and Eliza Whalley-Smith. Together with last year’s Carnival Queen, Hannah Bramwell and her rosebuds Erin Davis, Brooke Shire and Caitlin Duffy, they walked down Cross Hall Brow proudly with the class floats. The children in school entered the annual art competition with the winners being, Molly Costello, Sophie Walmsley and Erin Davis.

Despite the rain, the entertainment went ahead with vintage cars, Morris Dancing, singers, Punch and Judy, magicians and children’s entertainers and lots to buy such as jewellery, turned wooden gifts, a fantastic range of plants, delicious cakes and much, much more. Everyone, especially those who wore wellies, had a great day.

Our grateful thanks to all who helped especially those behind the scenes on the day and those on the committee with Phil Hale who selflessly give their time, thought and effort throughout the year to make Westhead Carnival a legendary reality.


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