Wellington Carnival hit streets at the weekend and, in evening temperatures more like mid-summer than early autumn, crowds in huge numbers turned out to watch all along the route from Rockwell Green to Cades Farm.
This year’s record breaking entries were led by 150 VW’s, many of them elaborately customised, a parade of Harley Davidsons and some beautifully restored vintage cars.
The town was well-represented by Wellington Majorettes, walking groups from several local primary schools and Wellington School CCF as well as spectacular individual, trade and group entries. Huge tableaux and illuminated floats came from carnival clubs in the county. Unicorn Carnival Club presented a ‘special edition cart’ to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 which the group hopes to take to 16 carnivals this year. Miss Wellington, her attendant and Miss Junior Wellington featured in the main procession.
Carnival Chairman Dave Rylatt paid tribute to the “fantastic support” he had received from members of his committee, from those who helped to ensure the safety of the procession and from organisers of Bridwater Carnival – the largest in Europe – which takes place on Saturday 1 November, who had given advice and helped with organisation.
All the money raised from the carnival – in Dave Rylatt’s words “the biggest free event our town benefits from” – will be distributed to local groups and charities.