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Carnival back with a bang

SUDBURY: Sudbury Carnival returns to the town after a 30 year break with 3 majorette troupes from the original carnivals and various floats and groups taking part in the procession. ANL-140824-234210009

SUDBURY: Sudbury Carnival returns to the town after a 30 year break with 3 majorette troupes from the original carnivals and various floats and groups taking part in the procession. ANL-140824-234210009

Sudbury carnival returned on Sunday after a break of nearly 20 years, filling the town’s streets with sound and colour starring 60 baton twirling majorettes.

The carnival started with a procession parading around the town with dance troupes, scooter clubs and a Land Army float all making their way across the route, before returning to the Delphi Sports ground.

The fun then continued with stalls, games and entertainment for everyone until the evening.

The processioners were led by the majorettes reunion band and troupe.

A group of 60 ex-majorettes who used to take part in the carnival alongside a marching band in the 1970s and 1980s returned to lead the parade once more.

Sabby Pettitt, a member of the majorette reunion band and one of the procession coordinators, said: “We had been practising hard, three to four times a week.

“It was absolutely brilliant, I’m still buzzing from it.

“I think there was 2,500 people in that field, everyone had such a good time.”

Even the sun shone on the majorettes return to the carnival.

They were “marching to beat cancer”, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK with Sudbury’s Cancer Research shop, on Market Hill, acting as a donation station on the day.

Starring in the procession alongside the majorettes were the carnival Queen and Princess float, as well as movie star Augustus the horse, who played Joey in the Hollywood epic War Horse, followed by various vehicles and hundreds of people dressed up.

“It just brings the community together,” Mrs Pettitt said.

“It gives the town such a feel good factor and brings the old community spirit back.”

Already Mrs Pettitt is thinking about next year but admits if the carnival is to return as an annual tradition then there needs to be more volunteers on the day and more floats.

 

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