Organisers of Wellington Carnival on Saturday 30 September got the wholehearted backing of local residents and members of Carnival Clubs, individuals and community groups for their organisation and effort to reinforce the place of Carnival in the town.
Despite light rain and wind, crowds filled the streets from Rockwell Green all the way to Priory from before 7pm to 9.30pm when Harlequin Carnival Club’s quite stunning ‘Beautiful Creatures’ float brought an end to the cavalcade.
Wellington School’s CCF band led out the procession followed by Wellington Carnival Queen and her Princesses. Majorette groups from as far away as Lyme Regis were represented, the local Filipino community received a warm response for their ‘Children of the World’ and Genesis and Wellington Pantomime Group were on show to offer a taste of their forthcoming productions – ‘Genesis Got Talent’ and ‘Hercules, the Pantomime’.
The parade of huge floats from One Plus One, Poppe Inne, Zem, Gemini and Harlequin Carnival Clubs were as incredible as they always are and the crowds showed their appreciation of the imagination, ingenuity and skill involved in their construction.
After the crowds had gone home, Chair of Wellington Carnival Committee, Dave Rylatt, said, “We managed to put on a display which extended so far that by the time the first entrants were finishing at Priory, the last entrants leaving Rockwell Green were much later than envisaged.
“Despite a horrendous weather forecast, people turned out in force tonight. We thank you for that.”
With Official Sellers out in force too to ensure funds from Carnival are fed back to the town, Dave said, “We have very few LED toys to pass on to our sister town next week, so many thanks to parents for their understanding and backing of our cause. The message is hitting home – and it helps to preserve your carnival.”
He added, “I am extremely proud of the few but extremely dedicated volunteers who work alongside me to enable this unique Somerset tradition to continue in Wellington. I’m sorry if you got home later than envisaged but we were overwhelmed by the number of entrants. We also extend many thanks to our esteemed guests from Portugal. Our impromptu displays have been well received and we have created more memories associated with our humble Somerset town. Thank you Wellington!”
And the town certainly owes its thanks to Dave and his entire team for a wonderful spectacle.