THE highly-anticipated Redditch Carnival made its triumphant return on Saturday, September 28 after almost 20 years away.
Thousands of visitors cheered on the carnival’s walking parade as it made its way from Edward Street car park to the bandstand on Church Green.
Despite there being no floats this year, spirits remained high thanks to excellent performances from Xtreme Mas Caribbean Carnival Dancers, the Oya Batucada Samba Band, Indigo Arts, 216 Redditch Squadron and many more.
82-year-old Batchley resident Philip Hitchen, who watched the parade from Unicorn Hill said: “It was amazing to see the carnival back in our town because it means so much to Redditch.
“It’s been far too long without it.”
From 12pm to 6pm Church Green came alive with live music, dance arts, food stalls, games, activities and of course Tommy Wilson’s funfair which had more than a dozen attractions for locals to see.
Speaking on its success, chairman of the Carnival Committee Amanda Haden said: “Well Redditch – we asked you to support the event and, my goodness, did you do just that.
“We are overwhelmed by the love and support shown for the carnival.
“The energy and buzz in the town after the parade had to be experienced to believe it.
“It made all the hard work worth it and I would like to thank each and everyone one of you for being part of such a special day.”
Mayor of Redditch Roger Bennett said he hopes to the carnival will kick on from here and continue to be successful for many years to come.
“It proved to be an amazing community event, especially for youngsters.
“Thank you Amanda and the committee for all of your hard work.”
Posted by Rob Oliver on Saturday, 28 September 2019
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “There was huge support from the town and the sun was shining.
“Well done everyone, it was a great day.”
The next carnival will take place on September 19 2020.
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