Britain’s best go on parade in Pinchbeck

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Smiles shone though the rain when the annual Pinchbeck Carnival proved a crowd puller.

A very successful bingo evening on Friday saw Dave Mustoe introducing some novel ways to play the game.

Hornsey Carnival Queens ready for Pinchbeck Carnoval to set off. SG130615-117TW

Hornsey Carnival Queens ready for Pinchbeck Carnoval to set off. SG130615-117TW

The parade on Saturday was led by 12 cars from the Boston Classic Car Club.

Our Royalty float carried Carnival Queen Chloe Young and Princesses Melissa Wales and Elizabeth Neal.

Winners of the float competition were 1 Pinchbeck Kids Club, 2 Stepping Stones Pre­school and 3 1st Pinchbeck Rainbows and Guides. A special rosette was awarded to 1st Pinchbeck.

The carnival was officially opened by John Hayes MP, before Spalding Town Centre Manager Dennis Hannant MBE performed a few songs. Some of the arena acts had to be cancelled because of the rain but the Breaston Highlanders provided some rousing music.

The Best of British on parade. SG130615-137TW

The Best of British on parade. SG130615-137TW

Also popular in the arena were the Galloping Acrobatics.

Jan and Chris from Tulip Radio kept the proceedings on track throughout the afternoon despite the difficult circumstances.

The winners of the best stall competition were 1 German Shepherd Rescue, 2 Pinchbeck Womens RBL and 3 Pinchbeck Baptist Church.

Unfortunately, the flypast by the Dakota was also cancelled because of the weather.

Pinchbeck East School pupils ready to set off in the parade. SG130615-118TW

Pinchbeck East School pupils ready to set off in the parade. SG130615-118TW

In the marquee there was singing from Act II, balloon modelling by John Derbyshire and Rhubarb Theatre. Later in the evening, there was live music from Henry Birkett and Bad to the Bone.

There were plenty of entries in the home­craft competition with Kayleigh Towle winning the Jean Russell Memorial Trophy for best overall children’s entry and Mary Burgess winning the WI Salver for the best adult entry.

On Sunday there was a combined church service in the marquee followed by Sunday lunch.

The carnival committee would like to thank everyone for their support over the weekend especially in view of the bad weather on Saturday.

1st Pinchbeck Rainbows make a splash. SG130615-124TW

1st Pinchbeck Rainbows make a splash. SG130615-124TW

Boston Classic Car Club leading the parade. SG1306-131TW

Boston Classic Car Club leading the parade. SG1306-131TW