Wow, what a day! The sun was shining down on us while we set up our stall. The four of us were dressed in our Newton Fallowell orange t-shirts, all matching and looking fine….and then the black bugs descended. We were covered, in our hair, all over our clothes, and even in our underwear! But we didn’t let this hinder us, one of the team popped off to George to kit us all out in black t-shirts, problem solved! The smell of the hotdogs kept wafting over, and after an hour we couldn’t hold back any more, they were Grasmere sausages and were delicious!
At about 1.30pm the procession arrived in the school field, along with the Carnival Queen float. Unfortunately we didn’t get chance to see any of the procession but apparently hundreds of people lined the streets watching the parade go through the village. Then the gates opened, and what a turn out! All of a sudden we had queues of people wanting to play hook-a-duck, and not just children either! The adults were loving the guess how many keys in a jar game, with a garden chiminea up for grabs as the prize, the men in particular took it quite seriously,and the winner was of the male variety!
There were all kinds of different stalls, games and entertainment, and such a great atmosphere all afternoon. I haven’t seen a village come together like this since I was a child and it felt great being part of that community. The week leading upto the carnival bunting was put up throughout the village, and there seemed to be a real buzz around the village.
The first carnival was organised in 1969, organisers of the original carnival are still involved every year and so are their children and grand children. How lovely to see a family tradition passed down the generations . So next year is a biggie, 50 years, and I’ve been told planning is already underway!
We would like to thank the organisers and volunteers for working so hard to make Saturday such a fantastic fun day, and for making us feel so welcome. Roll on Werrington Carnival 2019!