WHEN it comes to handing out Olympic medals, Pinchbeck Carnival earned a well-deserved gold after an event declared a “resounding success”.
More people attended the weekend’s Olympic-themed carnival than last year’s event to either participate in or watch the community parade and enjoy the fantastic array of stalls and entertainment on the playing field as well as – new for this year – a popular Has Pinchbeck Got Talent? contest.
Committee treasurer Barbara Camps said: “It was fabulous and there was a lovely atmosphere. Overall, it was a very successful weekend, a resounding success.”
There were problems with the new parade route adopted on advice from police and the highways department, but apart from that the sun shone on Pinchbeck’s annual carnival, which began this year with a well-attended bingo session on Friday night.
Saturday’s parade was led by South Holland’s official Olympic torch bearers, followed by Pinchbeck Carnival Queen Lisa Bovington and her princesses Robyn Carpenter and Phoebe Wright, Spalding Flower Queen Amy Harrison and then a colourful stream of floats, bands and entertainers.
Entrants included Pinchbeck’s Guides, Scouts, Brownies and Rainbows, the Sunflower Lodge children’s nursery, the Bull Inn, the Tally Ho Band, Diamondz Dance Group, Tulip Radio and floats from some of the district’s sports clubs.
The crowds on the playing field were entertained by displays in the arena from local dancers, a zumba group that managed to persuade young and old alike to join them for a session, local singers as well as parades of fancy dress and Olympic decorated T-shirts.
There was also an impressive Battle of Britain Spitfire fly past, a tug-of-war, the Has Pinchbeck Got Talent contest and, on Sunday, a combined church service in the marquee followed by lunch and a quiz.