Gallery: Smiles all round at Stowmarket Carnival

FROM stiltwalkers to motorbike stunts, there was something for everyone at a popular Suffolk carnival at the weekend.

The 50th Stowmarket Carnival kicked off with live indie music on the outdoor stage at the town’s recreation ground on Friday night, as well as a fun fair and food stalls.

But the highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the parade through the town on Saturday, which featured floats from the Stowmarket Falcons, Black Ice Majorettes and the Riverside Club among many others.

When the procession reached the recreation ground, the crowds were treated to displays from the Sara-Anne School of Dance, the Flyin Ryan motorcycle stunt show and the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team. And yesterday’s entertainments included a novelty pet show, a display of vintage cars and live music from a host of local performers.

The event was organised by a group of 18 volunteers from the area.

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Committee vice-chairman Stephen Hackett, 46, of Marriott’s Walk, said: “I think with all the effort that the committee has put in, it is a fantastic result.

“We are doing it to celebrate living in Stowmarket, and to raise money for charity.

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“We wanted to get as many local people involved as possible. This is the first year I have been involved and it has been brilliant.”

The proceeds will be divided among several local charities yet to be decided.

Mollie Bolger, 13, of Mellis, was there to help raise money for the Eye Scout Group. She said: “It’s been really good fun. The parade was amazing, and the day has just been fantastic. The rides were really exhilarating as well.”

A number of former carnival queens also returned to celebrate the 50th anniversary, including one all the way from Tenerife.

David Wincote, 27, of Weavers Close, Stowmarket, was there with his partner Vicky Holloway, 28, and their five-year-old son Taylor.

He said: “The shows have been really good. We have never been before and I am quite impressed with it.

“My son really wanted to come and see the bikes. It’s got a good turnout and it’s just been a generally fun day out.”

These celebrations came after a week of events in the area, including a children’s disco, snooker competition and trivia quiz.

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