A highlight of the Skegness events calendar was in full swing this afternoon as hundreds lined the streets for the town’s annual Carnival Parade.
Around 30 local dance troupes, sports clubs, charities and businesses gathered with their floats on Wainfleet Road playing fields this morning before setting off on the procession around the town.
The recently appointed Carnival Queen and Princess surveyed their subjects with regal pride and praised the float entrants for doing their town proud.
“It’s been a brilliant turn out,” said Queen Elle Hartshorn.
“I loved the musical theme,” added Princess Charlotte Fischer-Colebourn.
The girls have already performed ambassadorial roles at five events since being crowned last month and are relishing the chance to represent their town.
“It’s taken some getting used to but it’s been a real honour,” said Queen Elle.
This year’s parade theme was ‘Music Music Music’ which was interpreted in a number of imaginative ways.
Skegness charity Alive and Kicking’s float was decorated with old vinyl records with the members dressing up as Elvis Presley, Adam Ant, Lulu and Madonna amongst others.
Elsewhere, the streets resonated to the imposing melody of the Star Wars theme, as the Hildreds Centre’s float took inspiration from their May the Fourth Be With You celebrations held earlier this year.
Deputy manager Steve Andrews added to his collection of droids with an impressive TIE Fighter recreation, marking the completion of three week’s hard work.
“We are just here to enjoy it,” said Steve.
“It’s always a fun event and we’ve supported it for each of the previous 25 year - we’ve not missed one yet.”
And Janice Sutton’s dancers took to the streets with a collection of routines from their latest production at The Embassy Theatre, which included extracts from the popular musicals Footloose and Oklahoma.
“It’s about tradition for us,” said Janice.
“We’ve been coming here for years and years and we always bring them out, whatever the weather.”
The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter had been judging some of the floats before the parade began and said he was thoroughly impressed all round.
“It’s one day in the summer when the town’s people and the holiday makers can join together for a time of fun,” he said.
“The Carnival Committee have put a lot of time and effort in and I think they’ve done a tremendous job again.”
Carnival Committee member Margaret Taylor felt the entries in this year’s parade had adapted well to the musical theme and done themselves proud.
“The work that people put in this really is amazing,”she said.
The Village, Church Farm, mixed agriculture with music by dressing as The Wurzels and incorporating three vintage tractors on their float.
“It feels fantastic to be involved again,” said volunteer coordinator Lynn Beeston.
“It’s the heart of Skegness, you’ve got to be in the carnival.”
For the first time in the carnival’s history, representatives from Ingoldmells Parish Council were also invited to take part, which they welcomed as a symbol convivial relations between the two towns.
“I think it’s brilliant,” said Ingoldmells Parish Chairman John Arnott-Watson, who was attending with his wife Ann and Deputy Chairman Len Hemingway.
“There’s a great working relationship between the two parishes at the moment.”
The spectators, old and young, who lined the streets as the procession marched through the town, have also issued their praise for the procession.
“It was good, we enjoyed it, we’ve not seen it before and it was well worth seeing,” said Margaret Brown from Earl Shilton in Leicestershire.
And Skegness residents Pam and Barry Ormrod who were with their granddaughter Lilly-Mai felt it was better than last year.
“It was more spread out and there were more entertainers,” they said.
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