18 July 2015

Bromsgrove Carnival pulls in the crowds and the weather

THERE was plenty of fun for all the family at Bromsgrove Carnival weekend.

Proceedings kicked off with the pop-up cinema in Sanders Park on Friday night (July 10) which saw hundreds of people turn up to watch a screening of classic summer film Grease.

Then on the Saturday (July 11), there was the traditional carnival parade which journeyed from Artrix to Sanders Park.

The procession, which had a red carpet movie theme, was led by town crier Kevin Ward and also featured Blackwell Concert Band, representatives from Libby Mae’s Little Angels, beauty queens, the Stroke Association and film characters, including a teenage mutant hero turtle, Where’s Wally and a monkey.

Blackwell Concert Band won the competition for parade entrants with Libby Mae’s Little Angels finishing second.

The Tommy Wilson Funfair kept people of all ages busy in the carnival arena in Sanders Park and there was also live music, vintage cars on display, dancing, wrestling and refreshments.

The fun also continued into Sunday with plenty more activities, including the funfair, more live music and more wrestling.

Carnival organiser Ian Perrygrove said: “The Friday night was a fantastic start and we had a steady flow on the Saturday which saw about 4,000 to 5,000 people come along to the park throughout the day.”

“We have had some fantastic feedback from people about the weekend but I think we’ve got to think about the parade for next year – that needs improving – we need more people to take control of it and make it bigger.

“People need to understand it is a volunteer-led event, it’s not down to the council.

“We have, however, already had some people offering to volunteer for 2016 and we need more of that.”

For more information on the carnival, visit www.bromsgrovecarnival.org or search for Bromsgrove Carnival on Facebook.