Large crowds filled the streets for Wellington Carnival on Saturday and were treated to a exuberant display of colour and artistry from majorettes – including groups from France and Portugal -, local schools, carnival clubs both large and small and lots of creative individual entries. Father Christmas arrived (early) with a glowing reindeer and accompanying elf and this year’s Carnival Queen and her princesses made a regal entrance.
The rain which threatened at times only came down seriously as the last big float passed along the High Street but by then people who had been waiting for the procession from late afternoon had been treated to a stunning spectacle.
Wellington Carnival is the first event on the South Somerset circuit and allows carnival clubs to display their entries in competition for the first time. From the hugely impressive 100 foot floats of big carnival clubs to quirky ‘Sister Michael’ – a nun sitting at a piano powered by a mobility scooter – this year’s carnival was vivid, varied and wholly enjoyable.
It’s worth remembering that the committee members who make Wellington Carnival possible – and successful – are all volunteers who work throughout the year to ensure its success. The money raised goes to worthy local causes and towards next year’s event. It is hoped that the initiative to raise more funds by having ‘Official Sellers’ providing merchandise in competition with independent traders worked on the night.