18th Jul, 2019

Crowds turn out for this year's Bromsgrove Carnival

Tristan Harris 15th Jul, 2018 Updated: 15th Jul, 2018

HUNDREDS of Bromsgrove residents lined the streets of the town for the annual carnival which saw lorry floats return again, this time with a World Cup theme, after they were reintroduced last year after 12 years.

The Standard broadcast the parade live on Facebook and it was watched by holiday-makers and former residents in a variety of places, including Benidorm, Tenerife, the north of Scotland and the south of England.

BBC Midlands Today and Radio WM presenter Joanne Malin, who is also a Bromsgrove resident, judged the best lorry float and walking group.

The Blue Giraffe Childcare was voted the best-dressed walking group and the Second Bromsgrove Boys Brigade Group won the best float for its Mexico-themed lorry.

Manager of Blue Giraffe Childcare Lucy Stafford said: “It’s amazing that we’ve won it for a second time.

“The girls were saying earlier, football didn’t come home this year but hopefully ours will – and it has.

“I hope they let us keep the trophy if we win it a third time next year.

“It was a real team effort to get the costumes and everything ready.”

Joanne Malin said: “The parade was bigger and better than ever before and it was such a hard job choosing the best ones.

“The floats were so colourful and you could see how much thought had gone into them.

“I loved the Boys Brigade one which, as well as the hats and other Mexico paraphernalia, featured ‘Donald Trump’s wall’.

“This carnival has been another great event for the town – Bromsgrove is such a lovely place to live in.”

Other events in the carnival arena in Sanders Park, included charity stalls, a funfair, live entertainment including a performance by Skabucks and the annual Timberhonger 10k and Children’s Challenge races.

Bromsgrove Carnival parade organiser Natalie Holland who led the campaign for the lorry floats to return last year was praised for ensuring the procession went so smoothly.

Thanks was also given to everyone who went along to support the event, all the volunteers who made it possible and Liam Grazier who came all the way from Plymouth to put on the outdoor cinema on Friday night, where The Greatest Showman was screened.

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