The 75th Aldeburgh Carnival was a resounding success.
The thousands who came to enjoy themselves shared the Carnival Committee’s enthusiasm throughout three action packed days of fun and entertainment which were blessed with ideal weather.
After a brilliant Carnival Prom concert by the New London Orchestra at Snape Maltings on Friday evening very kindly arranged by Aldeburgh Music, the new Musical Saturday was popular at pop-up bandstands around the town and old favourites for all ages attracted very good support including the 10k run with nearly 300 entrants. The community spirit was also evident in the welcome given to the Ipswich Citadel Salvation Army band who played for Sunday Songs of Praise by the beach.
With such a good start, things were set fair for Monday. Cllr Jocelyn Bond, the Mayor, came ashore from the lifeboat rescue demonstration just in time to take the salute at a splendid Royal Air Force display when the Falcons free-fall parachute display team landed on the beach with remarkable precision to the delight of a very large and appreciative crowd: they delivered the Golden Key to unlock the Spirit of Carnival. All this was the overture to one of the biggest and best processions that many can remember with lots of floats and pedestrians in costume that filled the High St. Led by the British Imperial Military Band playing stirring music in fine style, the newly crowned Carnival Queen Shannon Strowger was followed by 40 former Carnival Queens dating back to the early 50s, all looking as graceful as ever. The afternoon excitement was covered by Lesley Dolphin in her BBC Radio Suffolk programme live from Carnival Control.
A memorable evening rounded off a memorable carnival. Singers, the Samba band and the military band entertained the crowds in the arena before the impressive Chinese Lantern Procession wended its emotive way to an extra special and enjoyable fireworks display.
The organisers wish to thank the groups and businesses as well as so many enthusiastic individuals, who made the 75th a carnival to remember.