Car­ni­val day of fun in the sun

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

WORLD Cup fever swept the coun­try this week­end - but there was only one event on the minds of Wer­ring­ton res­i­dents.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents took to the streets of the vil­lage on a scorch­ing Satur­day in the city to wit­ness the raz­zle daz­zle of the Wer­ring­ton Car­ni­val Pa­rade wind its colour­ful way down Am­ber­ley Slope.

But, while Eng­land proved to be a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment in South Africa, there was only smiles, claps and cheers in Wer­ring­ton as peo­ple young and old cel­e­brated the pop­u­lar an­nual event.

De­spite the car­ni­val com­ing into its 41st birth­day it showed no signs of slow­ing down as and was big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

Young­sters and adults alike made a supreme ef­fort with their cos­tumes and per­for­mances, with ev­ery­thing from bum­ble­bees to but­ter­flies and march­ing bands to gar­den gnomes, seen in the pa­rade.

Young­ster Chloe Hobbs took pride of place on her float as the Car­ni­val Queen.

She must have been tak­ing tips from the real Queen who at­tended Wim­ble­done for the first time in more than 30 years, as the young­ster car­ried out her du­ties the day with style and dig­nity.

Af­ter the pa­rade, rev­ellers headed to Wer­ring­ton Pri­mary School’s fields to take part in a host of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event, or­gan­ised by a sub­com­mit­tee of Wer­ring­ton Scouts and Guides Coun­cil, raises money for the up­keep of the Scouts and Guides head­quar­ters.

Over the years, Scouts have helped the pa­rade in many ways. Cubs and Beavers have joined in the Car­ni­val Pa­rade while older Scout­ing mem­bers helped out run­ning stalls.

Scout group spokesman Tom Boughton said the car­ni­val has al­ways been a big part of the Scout­ing and Guid­ing cal­en­dar.

He said: “It is great to think the money raised from the Car­ni­val gets ploughed back into the com­mu­nity.”


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