Gallery: Crowds turn out in force for this year’s Aldeburgh Carnival

The 70th Aldeburgh Carnival ended in impressive style with a colourful procession of imaginative floats.

People struggled for space along the High Street - while others took up vantage points in top floor windows.

The parade - led by 18-year-old carnival queen Emily Stebbings and her two attendants, Millie Lockwood, nine, and Alice Shepherd, eight - was the highlight of three days of celebration.

Unlike previous years there was no theme to the procession but a number of the floats had a flavour of the recent London 2012 Olympic Games.

It also featured music from the Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division and the Suffolk School of Samba Band.


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The parade was followed in the evening by the traditional Chinese lantern procession and fireworks display on the beach.

Keith Batt, press liaison officer for Aldeburgh Carnival, said this year’s event had been a huge success.

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“The weather was very kind indeed and the sun was perfect,” he said. “It started off a little cloudy but by the time we got into gear it was ideal.

“We haven’t had any official assessment yet but there have been great crowds.

“There were some fantastic floats, many of which had an Olympic theme. One of them was like a mini opening ceremony with chimney stacks and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was very imaginative.”

The procession marked the end of three days of celebrations which included a mini marathon, children’s games, swimming races, a carnival village, sideshows and a lifeboat launch.

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