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Carnival parade returns to Lakenheath

The Aston Timber float at Lakenheath Carnival

The Aston Timber float at Lakenheath Carnival

Lakenheath Carnival and Fete saw return this year of its float parade round the village.

The parade, led by a walking display from the Soham Majorettes, had no set theme so a great a variety of floats lined up.

They ranged from Aston Timber Products’ medieval castle to one featuring the hit film musical Grease by year 10 students from Mildenhall College Academy.

But it was the one designed by the Lakenheath Little Fishes Pre-School that won the best float award, though there were plenty of other prizes handed out to the floats, including ‘best dressed float’ for Lakenheath Tea Room’s.

In traditional village carnival style, there was a Carnival Princess float from which waived princesses Alix Hovell 11, Cleo Adams 11, and Millie Smith, nine.

Though the float parade started at about the same time as the fete on the village playing fields, many people followed the parade through the village to the field.

There they found children’s races, dog shows and a tug-of-war competition, plus fun fair and so many stalls from village organisations, ranging from the library to the Royal British Legion, that this year they had to occupy the pavilion, too.

The Soham Majorettes and huge Newfoundland dogs from East Anglian Working Newfoundlands were among the displays in the ring.

“The whole thing run smoothly and everybody seemed to have a good time,” said Tracy Whitehand, member of the Lakenheath Carnival Committee.

“The idea of this event is to bring villagers together and it is well worth all the stress it brings with it in the run up to it.

“Although we have not confirmed anything for next year I would bet for it happening rather than against.”

 

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