Carnival was a crowd-pleaser

Lavenham Carnival''Pictured: Phoebe Blackburn on the bungee
Lavenham Carnival''Pictured: Phoebe Blackburn on the bungee

IT WAS too cold for ice creams – and even the beer tent was not as popular as usual – but that did not stop thousands of people turning out to Lavenham Carnival and Rare Breeds Motor Show on Monday.

Featuring more than 500 vintage cars, a fun fair, falconry display and a host of stalls and sideshows, the event helped raise vital funds for community and social events for the village.

Organiser Martin Weaver said the falconry display had proved a highlight of the event, with the car show, as always, also a big draw.

Car show commentator John Purser said thousands of people had travelled from all over East Anglia and adjoining counties to see the mass of vintage and other vehicles featured at the show.

Of special interest was a 2003 Aston Martin limited edition car worth around £150,000 – and one of only two in Britain.

“The last cars in the parade were regular crowd-pleasers – the superb Locomobile and Stanley steam cars of Bob Ward and Simon Webb,” said Mr Purser. “Both cars are now around 110 years old.”

Out-going organisers Bryan Panton and his wife Chris were given a lap of honour in one of them while the commentator paid tribute to the work Mr Panton had put in during the last 12 years to build the car show into the successful event it is today.

Organisation for 2012 will now pass to Tony Vineyard, of Sudbury Round Table.