Skegness Carnival Parade winners announced

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More than 30 hours of painstaking float decorating, embracing this year’s theme of ‘Music Music Music’ ensured the reigning Skegness Carnival Parade champions retained their crown once again.

Skegness based charity for adults with learning disabilities Alive & Kicking took the top spot for the third year running during yesterday’s parade judging.

Alive & Kicking's float.

Alive & Kicking's float.

Charity chairman Tina Mellors says the members were ‘overjoyed’ with the result and delighted all their hard work had paid off.

“The members put in an awful lot of hard work to decorate this year’s float so we were all overjoyed to see it pay off with another victory,” she said.

“I think the Carnival Committee had chosen a great theme for parade and it gave us lots of opportunities to be extra creative, which the group all loved.”

The charity spent more than 30 hours devotedly decorating their float with old record vinyls, colourful banners and costumes representing their favourite music idols.

Fancy dress entrants in Skegness Carnival Parade.

Fancy dress entrants in Skegness Carnival Parade.

Pop stars including Madonna, Lulu, Adam Ant, Britney Spears, Elvis and The Village People were among the costumed characters aboard the float.

Skegness Carnival Committee’s Margaret Taylor has praised the group for their efforts, both in the parade and all-year-round supporting local adults with learning difficulties.

“They do a sterling job throughout the town all year and to see them winning is an absolute pleasure,” she said.

A total of 31 different businesses, organisations and sports clubs took part in this year’s parade, with many submitting several different floats or vehicles.

The Hildreds Centre's team dressed in Star Wars outfits for the Skegness Carnival Parade.

The Hildreds Centre's team dressed in Star Wars outfits for the Skegness Carnival Parade.

Margaret has applauded each of the different groups for helping to make the parade such a special day for all.

“They were all exceptional in their attitude,” she said.

“They were there for fun and to show the people what it’s all about.

“They embraced the idea of ‘Music Music Music’ so well.”

Janice Sutton's Theatre School's float.

Janice Sutton's Theatre School's float.

The results in each of the categories were as follows:

Class 1 - Under 10s Fancy Dress:

1st The Blues Brothers

2nd The Hammond Family

3rd Jessica Andrew

Class 2 - Over 10s Fancy Dress:

1st Rebekka Garton

2nd The Happy Hippies

3rd Ashley Cram

Class 3 - Dance and Theatre:

1st Janice Sutton’s Theatre School

2nd Global Twirlers

3rd Braunstone Stars and Angels

Class 4 - Advertising and Trade Vehicles:

1st Hildreds Centre

2nd Bell Leisure Lucky Strike

3rd Lost World Adventure Park

Class 5 - Voluntary Organisations:

1st Alive & Kicking

2nd Models4U

3rd Skegness Mini Owners Club

Class 6 - Novelty:

1st Husky Ices

2nd Dee Dee Lee as Charlie Chaplin

3rd Rock and Roll group

Class 7 - Veteran Transport:

1st Pat Williams

2nd Boston Veteran Bicycle Club

3rd Lincolnshire Fire Aid

Best in Parade 2013

Alive & Kicking

Yesterday’s parade set in motion a week-long programme of fun activities.

Today there was a pavement artists contest on Prince Edward Walk from 10am til noon, an art exhibition at St Mary’s Church, which runs all week, and a sand sculpture contest on Central Beach from 2pm to 4pm.

Nicolas Nursery World’s World Show and Gala takes place tomorrow in Tower Gardens from 10am to 4pm and there will be a Junior Fancy Dress and Disco in Grand Central from 7pm to 9pm.

The popular 3 Nines Display and Gala takes place in Pier Fields from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday.

A free Treasure Hunt takes place from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, with entry forms available from the Visit the Seaside Kiosk in Grand Parade.

And on Friday Dibgy’s Pet Show and Gala returns to Tower Gardens.