ORGANISERS have praised this year’s Chapel St Leonards Carnival and all the local people, businesses and more who helped make it such a success.
Hundreds flocked down for the action-packed two-day event at the weekend, when even a brief rain shower couldn’t spoil the festivities.
Steve Kimberley, carnival committee secretary, said: “The whole event went really well and the businesses were very happy with the increased trade. Some of the cafes were sold out and had to get more supplies.”
This year, the carnival was based on the green near to many businesses, restaurants and guest houses to help them benefit from the location.
“We decided to hold the event on the village green so that we could incorporate all the shops and businesses in town as the village hall is about a quarter of a mile outside the centre,” added Steve.
On Saturday, a whole host of entertainment was held, including the grand opening by the Carnival Queen and Carnival Princess, followed by Alford Silver Band, who played two different concerts with a programme which included items with Olympic themes, as well as lots of singers, a magic show, dance troupes, a barbecue on the beach and a fireworks display for the evening.
“The fireworks were fantastic,” continued Steve.
“They went on for a good 15 minutes and hundreds came down to watch them; it was certainly a highlight of the event.
On Sunday, Characters for Kidz entertained before the parade at noon.
All the money raised by the event goes into putting on next year’s carnival, and organisers wished to say thank you to everyone who put in lots of hard work, donated and much more.
“We will be back with an even bigger and better show next year and funds collected have been very positive this year; we are very grateful,” explained Steve.