Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Thousands line streets for Magic of the Movies-themed Colchester Carnival

14:45 20 July 2014

The procession at this year

The procession at this year's Colchester Carnival

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Thousands of people lined the streets as Colchester enjoyed a day at the movies.

shares

Colchester Carnival rolled into town on Saturday with around 60 colourful floats manned by schools, performing arts groups, community groups, musicians and dancers each based on the theme of the Magic of the Movies.

The procession began at Abbey Field with up to 11,000 people cheering as the floats passed before snaking their way to Castle Park where there was fun for all the family.

John Godfrey, chairman of Colchester Carnival which is organised by Colchester Round Table and Colchester Ladies Circle, hailed the party atmosphere on the day.

“We had another 7,000 people in the park enjoying the activities and entertainment on offer,” he said. “We were worried that people wouldn’t turn up after a heavy downpour in the morning but thankfully that wasn’t the case.

“All the community groups got together and really embraced the Magic of the Movies theme - we had an amazing Pirates of the Caribbean float which was absolutely spectacular.

“The theme really was open to interpretation and people really embraced it.”
As well as the procession, Castle Park was a hive of activity with a Tent of World Dreams featuring performances such as belly dancing, Bollywood dancing and a jazz workshop, while there was a children’s area with karting, bouncy castles and fairground rides and more than 70 trade stalls.

Mr Godfrey added: “We’re not sure how much was raised yet but early indications are that it is up on last year.

“We are hoping to raise around £7,000 with the majority going back into the borough of Colchester.

“Colchester Round Table and Colchester Ladies Circle would like to thank the people of Colchester for their support.”

Any community groups in Colchester wanting to apply for funding from the carnival should visit www.colchestercarnival.com/carnival-grants/ for information on the application process.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Colchester General Hospital

A new permanent chief executive has been appointed to lead the trust running Colchester’s hospitals.

Chelmsford Crown Court

A Lakenheath man convicted of sexual abuse of boys in Essex has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

For 35 years it has been rooted to the same spot in a Suffolk town – representing a defiant stand against an unyielding adversary.

An efit has been released by police after an attempted robbery

Police want to trace two men in connection with an attempted robbery in Bury St Edmunds.

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 27 August and officially named the charity’s newest male foal as Bluey. 

The naming of the male foal comes as part of a new partnership between the Football Club and the Suffolk Punch charity. Ipswich Town will be working to support the work of the rare horse breed charity by offering assistance with fundraising and awareness campaigns.
L-R Luke Chambers,Bluey,Cole Skuse,Rob Lambert and Alex Bailey.

Everybody, meet Bluey - the newest addition to the team at the Suffolk Punch Trust, officially named by Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers and player Cole Skuse yesterday.

More needs to be done to keep cyclists safe in Ipswich

More action is needed to making cycling in Ipswich safe and accessible.

Police were called to the scene

Police are urging residents not to leave valuable items in their cars and make sure outbuildings are secure following a spate of thefts from vehicles and garages this week.

Two-vehicle crash on the B1119 between Framlingham and Saxmundham

A two-car crash has blocked part of the B1119 in Framlingham, at the crossroads of the main roads to Cransford and Glemham.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 50-year-old Ipswich woman has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting welfare offences relating to her five cats and two dogs.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suspicious activity was reported to Suffolk police yesterday after a vehicle containing a group of men and dogs was seen parked in a field in Coney Weston.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages