THE CHAIRMAN of the Pershore Carnival has thanked everyone who supported this year’s event after hailing it one of the best in history.
Colin Shepherd and the carnival team were left delighted after at least 13,000 visitors celebrated the annual event in style on Monday (May 26) taking part in numerous activities.
Taking on a theme of ‘Heroes and Villains’ many visitors dressed up as popular characters such as Batman and Robin and Batwoman.
Despite threatening clouds looking over the town, the rain held off and meant the this year’s event would not be spoilt by showers.
Following a day full of fun, the event ended with an evening concert and a thrilling firework display.
“It was a brilliant day and by far exceeded last year’s achievement.” Mr Shepherd told the Observer.
“There was at least 13,000 people who took to the streets which was 3,000 more than last year.
“I would like to thank everyone of the committee who helped put on this brilliant carnival and for everyone who came along to support it.
“Without the brilliant and generous support of the Pershore community there would be no carnival – it’s as simple as that.
“I would also like to thank all the team at the Observer for providing fantastic coverage.”
The day-long event raised significant funds for the carnival’s chosen charities Little Acorns and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
As the Observer went to press the final figure was still being counted.
It’s Pershore Carnival time! Plenty of colour seranaded Pershore on Monday. 2214015MMR15
Visitors gather around with the procession set to get underway.
Wally Wood, Mayor Tony Rowley and Plum Charmer Paul Johnson join in the celebrations. 2214015MMR6
Members of the Pershore Youth Centre on their float ahead of the traditional carnival procession. 2214015MMR4
Princess Amy Oates, six, King Corley Frost, six, Queen Lucy Jones, eight, and Prince James Barnett, five, get set to lead the procession. 2214015MMR7
Pershore’s town crier Robert Speight gets into voice. 2214015MMR8