CAR­NI­VAL: A riot of colour and cul­ture at an­nual pa­rade

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­

HAYES town cen­tre was awash with the car­ni­val spirit on Satur­day as the area’s di­verse cul­tures were cel­e­brated.

The an­nual pa­rade kicked off in Pump Lane at 12.30pm and wove its way through town to ar­rive at Barra Hall Park an hour later.

Young car­ni­val go­ers were en­ter­tained on the day by Gozart and his gi­ant pup­pet, the Save the Lyma Birds pup­pet act, the Bub­ble Man show, stilt walk­ers, a story camp, flo­ral demon­stra­tions, sports zone, com­mu­nity stalls and food court.

The stage also played host to X Fac­tor con­tes­tant Jack Wal­ton and the win­ner of Hilling­don’s Hid­den Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, Ethan Beer, as well as 1950s and 60s soul singers The Estrel­las and the Schools Com­mu­nity Choir.

Hilling­don Coun­cil also in­vited car­ni­val go­ers to con­trib­ute to a Sounds of Hayes playlist.

Cllr Dou­glas Mills, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Com­mu­nity, Com­merce and Re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to Barra Hall Park to en­joy the free en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer and lined the streets to watch the spec­tac­u­lar pa­rade.

“This event con­tin­ues to celebrate the di­verse cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties of Hayes.”

CEL­E­BRA­TION: The an­nual Hayes car­ni­val pa­rade was a riot of colour and cul­ture. Right, Mayor of Hilling­don Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Cooper

Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ WL153707

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