The sun shone down on Newark for the 2013 “All About Newark” Carnival.
Officially opened by carnival queen Georgia Straw, the parade started off form the Market Place at 2pm, lead, as have been tradition, by the 1st Balderton Scout Band, who started the procession at a steady pace.
The parade, which walked a two mile route around the town centre, saw over 1000 people take part, with a record breaking 35 groups registering for the parade – the towns biggest community event of the year.
“It was a wonderful day” Carnival committee chair Elaine Ellison commented. “The weather held out, and we couldn’t of had a better parade. The people of Newark came out to watch the biggest parade we have ever had.”
Mrs Ellison continued by say “We have had such amazing feed back from the groups taking part, and the community of the town, with everyone saying that the day was a fantastic spectacle.”
This year’s parade also saw new groups taking part including the Newark Twinning association, who walked with the Emmendingen Gugge Music Band. Other new groups included the Rattlejag Morris, Newark Museum Service, and The Sealed Knot, who held a skirmish ahead of the parade in the Market Place.
Sam Millard, leader of the Rattlejag Morris Group commented that the day “It all came together extremely well”, with Newark Patriotic Fund organiser Sarah Sturgeon adding “Amazing day yesterday. Thanks and congratulations go to the whole team.”
Newark Carnival Committee Logistics Coordinator Steve Beaching summed the day up by saying “The day went off without any major issues. I want to thank everyone who took part for making the day easy to organise.”
Carnival Community Coordinator Howard Newport said “I’d just like to say a huge thank you to every group that registered. The groups work really hard on the floats, and its great to see the town pull together for the town’s biggest event. Than you again, and we hope to see you next year.”
As part of the day, many of the towns local shops opened on Carnival Sunday to showcase the best of independent retail in the town, an aspect of the day organised by the Newark Retail Committee.
“Thank you to everyone who took part, and who lined the streets of the town. The atmosphere was amazing. Thank you Newark” Mrs Ellison said, summing up the “All About Newark” Newark Carnival 2013.