Gallery: Residents revel in carnival

ORGANISERS buoyed by the success of yesterday's Halesworth Carnival have vowed that the event will return next year.

ORGANISERS buoyed by the success of yesterday's Halesworth Carnival have vowed that the event will return next year.

Crowds turned out in force to enjoy the colourful and popular parade and the atmosphere in the town was described as “electric”.

Fears had been raised that this year's carnival could be the last organised by the Halesworth Lions Club as the organisation warned that the mounting cost of staging it and the reduction in the amount of sponsorship placed its future in grave danger.

But the club's president Mandy Hawksley yesterday said that the event would return next year thanks to the support of local people.

“The town has really turned out and supported us, so we will carry on next year. We wouldn't want to disappoint the town,” she said.

“It has been such a wonderful day. The turn-out has been amazing and the park has been packed with people ever since the procession came in.”

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The carnival kicked off with the grand procession from Bramfield Industrial Estate. After the main parade there was a children's fancy dress competition, a pet show and the annual carnival duck race. Entertainment included music from the Reydon Marching Band and the Suffolk Samba Band.