Village showpiece sets new record as organisers shine

Pinchbeck Carnival organisers have laid claim to it being one of the finest of its kind after the record-breaking success of this year’s event.

Thousands of people lined the streets and packed into the main Carnival arena to enjoy an action-packed weekend that included the traditional parade, a dog display team, dance troupes, live bands and a Spitfire flypast.

Breaston Highlanders marching band entertain their audience. Photo:  SG080613-137TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Breaston Highlanders marching band entertain their audience. Photo: SG080613-137TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Visitors also had an excuse to miss Simon Cowell and his judging team on TV as the Carnival staged its own Pinchbeck’s Got Talent on Rotten Row Playing Field, with a sizeable number of youngsters taking part.

Carnival weekend started on Friday with a bingo night in the marquee before the main event on Saturday where Carnival Queen Esther Howard took centre stage alongside Prince and Princess Thomas Wright and Abigail Slade.

There was a guest appearance by Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor and performances by the Breaston Highlanders marching Band, Shadowquest Dog Display Group, Spalding School of Dance and a classic car display.

The weekend ended on Sunday with a united church service and a Carnival lunch in the marquee.

Pinchbeck Carnival Queen Esther Howard, Princess Abigail Slade and Prince Thomas Wright. Photo:  SG080613-127TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Pinchbeck Carnival Queen Esther Howard, Princess Abigail Slade and Prince Thomas Wright. Photo: SG080613-127TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

John Palin, vice chairman of the Pinchbeck Carnival Committee, said: “It went superbly, we had a very successful parade and I think the word is going around that Pinchbeck Carnival is the one to come to.”

Youngsters and staff from Stepping Stones Playgroup on their parade float. Photo:  SG080613-118TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Youngsters and staff from Stepping Stones Playgroup on their parade float. Photo: SG080613-118TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto