THE crowds came out in force to enjoy the Astwood Bank Carnival weekend and between them raised thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations.
They were standing eight to nine deep by The Bell as the procession passed by on Saturday, the cheering throng marvelling as the floats drove past.
The rain held off as hundreds of people made their way down to the carnival field to dress their floats.
This year’s entrants included Astwood Bank First School, Church Hill Scout Group, Botany Bay Nurseries and Astwood Bank Cricket Club, all were decorated in this years theme of Time Travellers.
Borough Mayor Councillor Joe Baker, who later escaped from his official car to meet and greet the crowds who lined the streets, judged the winning float as the entry from Matchborough Scouts.
The floats then left Edgioake Lane, along with the carnival royalty in their horse drawn carriage and numerous marching bands, to be joined at Astwood Bank First School by several walking groups including Astwood Smiles, Tiny Tribes, and the First School itself which was judged as the winning group.
Along with several steam tractors the procession made it’s way around the streets filled with crowds having a great day out.
They all then returned to the carnival field where the overall procession winner was announced as Astwood Bank First School who received their trophy from Mayor Baker.
Also the arenas were displayed by Samba band and Royal Hussars as well as a breath-taking display of agility between the motorcycle and bike riders from The Xtreme Stunt Team who performed twice and thrilled the crowds. With a fun fair, numerous stalls and for the first time ever a dog show there was lots to keep people entertained and many ways in which to help raise funds through the carnival.
In addition to all of this there was the crowning of the Carnival Royalty and the unveiling of the new Carnival logo design by Olivia Bevan, a Year 6 student from Ridgeway Academy.
Mayor Baker said: “It was great to support the Astwood Bank Carnival with so many different floats and groups attended. A big well done to all those who attended and organised the event. Let’s start thinking about bringing back Redditch carnival!”
The day before the weekend had kicked off with a well-attended Race Night in the carnival tent while being entertained by local group Wychwood.
With a busy bar and food snacks being provided by Little India the event proved cracking starter to the festivities.
Ashley Hewitt, Carnival chairman said “I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work in pulling the event together, it is such a great day when we see everyone pulling together whilst having a great time, and in the process raising money for our local community.”
Although the carnival team get a little time off for the summer they are already arranging a Quiz Night for September 23 and this year’s Christmas Carols in the Park on December 17.
For any organisations, groups or charity that would like to apply for funding, visit astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk