Our Publicity Officer says…
Imagination trumped reality at the 76th Aldeburgh Carnival. With a long procession full of astronauts and paper rockets everyone tried hard and very successfully to capture this year’s theme of “Fly Me to the Moon”.
The weekend crowds clearly enjoyed extra variety provided by the carnival which is proud to have recently won the award for Family Tourism Event of the Year in Norfolk & Suffolk.
Living up to that achievement, Music Saturday attracted appreciative audiences at five bandstands for modern and traditional styles of music while Duck Races, Egg Races and Punch and Judy were alternative attractions. Sunday Sports featured nearly 300 starters in the 10km Run and some very competitive challenges in the children’s land sports; a fun day rounded off with an inter-denominational Songs of Praise supported by the Ipswich Citadel Salvation Army Band. A wide variety of boutique stalls, refreshment counters and roundabouts in the Carnival Village also proved popular with all ages.
Monday’s programme began with swimming races off the beach followed by a rescue display with all the Aldeburgh lifeboats demonstrating their dramatic life saving techniques.
With a splash of scarlet and gold, the Band of the King’s Division marched on to lead the Grand Procession after a fanfare for crowning Carnival Queen Miss Taylor-Paige Briggs who was joined by her attendants Rosie Smith and Holly Philpot all on their specially built moon-scape carriage. An impressive variety of costumed characters and clever floats made their way through Aldeburgh, many proudly displaying their rosettes as worthy prize winners in one of the largest and best processions of recent years.
Evening entertainment was provided by the Samba Band and the East Suffolk Morris Men before the military band Beat Retreat and then led the Carnival Queen and a huge procession of glowing Chinese lanterns to an impressive fireworks display on the beach.
The space age carnival was a great success and much enjoyed by those in and out of costume. How much the 76th will be giving to good causes will be published shortly and also details of a unique presentation at the Moot Hall on Carnival Monday. Watch this space!
Dates for your diary
Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th August 2020