Town’s hit carnival draws in the crowds

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. From left Chloe Green, Rebecca Aitken, Faith Byford and Amelia Head.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202402009
Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. From left Chloe Green, Rebecca Aitken, Faith Byford and Amelia Head. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202402009

Scores of spectators lined the route to watch Sudbury Carnival on Sunday.

This year, for the first time, Belle Vue Park was the chosen final venue for the carnival instead of the Delphi Centre in Newton Road.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Pictured from left Megan Leggett, Richard Holmes and Fran Northcott from Ree's snack bar and takeaway.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202456009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Pictured from left Megan Leggett, Richard Holmes and Fran Northcott from Ree's snack bar and takeaway. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202456009

Organisers said they hoped a venue closer to the town would attract more people to the colourful event - and it did.

Carnival chair Alison Owen said: “It was a fantastic event, and we had a really good turnout.”

Starting out from Station Road car park, where the carnival floats assembled, the procession worked its way around Sudbury, going down Station Approach, onto Great Eastern Road and then on Market Hill, past St Peter’s, and around the town’s one-way system back and back to Belle Vue Park.

The carnival was resurrected three years ago after a significant gap and has proved to be a big hit with the town. This year’s theme was nursery rhymes and children’s books.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202646009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202646009

Carnival attractions and activities in Belle Vue Park included food stalls, bouncy castles, games, crafts, jewellery, and face painting, tombola stalls, and Lavenham Falconry. Pictures by Mark Bullimore.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Rainbow fun children's play centre who won first in the carnival float competition.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202518009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Rainbow fun children's play centre who won first in the carnival float competition. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202518009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202730009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202730009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202857009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202857009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. The Carnival Queen Rebecca Aitken (centre left back) surrounded by her Princesses. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202340009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. The Carnival Queen Rebecca Aitken (centre left back) surrounded by her Princesses. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202340009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Carnival Queen Rebecca Aitken.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202351009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Carnival Queen Rebecca Aitken. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202351009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. From left Chloe Green, Rebecca Aitken, Faith Byford and Amelia Head.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202402009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. From left Chloe Green, Rebecca Aitken, Faith Byford and Amelia Head. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202402009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Some f the Carnival Princesses from left Lily-Mae Gilpin, Honee Brooks, Sky Stokes, Bradi-Elise Watson and Ruby Wright.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202412009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Some f the Carnival Princesses from left Lily-Mae Gilpin, Honee Brooks, Sky Stokes, Bradi-Elise Watson and Ruby Wright. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202412009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Members of the Sudbury Ephemera Archive.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202423009

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Carnival which started at the station car park on Sunday with a procession through the town towards Belle Vue Park. Members of the Sudbury Ephemera Archive. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-160828-202423009