THE ORGANISERS of Evesham Carnival have vowed to make next year’s show ‘bigger and better’ after the event made a triumphant return to the town.
More than 30 colourful groups including decorated floats, open-topped cars carrying town dignitaries, ‘film stars’ and Carnival Queen Stella Lewis-Painter, 10, were led in a huge procession involving people and businesses from the area during the carnival on Saturday (June 6).
Evesham Mayor Coun Fred Kaler, Wychavon District Council Chairman Coun Val Wood, Helen Glass representing Karndean Design Flooring and local celebrity Joan Bomford, the guest of honour, were driven around the carnival route following the St Andrews Pipe Band who kept the procession moving.
After the procession, the fun continued in Crown Meadow with a host of exciting and entertaining activities for young and old to enjoy.
And organisers are already looking ahead to build on the success of the event, which returned to the town following a seven year absence.
Glen Lyon, one of the members of the committee, said the amount raised on the day was still being counted.
“The numbers are still being crunched and donations collected, with the total amount raised for local charities and good causes hoping to be revealed next week,” he said.
“The committee sends out a special thank you to everyone involved in the grand-scale event including Karndean Design Flooring for their support both financially and by getting into the spirit of the day.
“Listers Volkswagen who provided the VIP cars and the carnival queen float towing vehicle, the local haulage companies for providing all the lorries for the big floats and
Daisy B Nell for providing the carnival queen and princess dresses,” he added.
Members of the Vale of Evesham Round Table have also been thanked for providing the support to allow the Evesham Carnival to come back after seven years.
Committee members Jon Fairchild and Adam Spiers from the Vale of Evesham Round Table, Claire Sandals, Ron Jury, Sue Amor, Sally Earley, Emma Haynes, Glen Lyon and Stuart Beech from Evesham 41 Club were also thanked for their efforts.
Special thanks were also reserved for Pat and Brian Marshall and Piers Daubney for their support for the event.
“A final thank you goes out to the spectators who lined the streets of Evesham sometimes six to eight deep.
“It makes the effort put into the parade worth while when you see all the smiling faces cheering the parade on,” Mr Lyon added.