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Record numbers turn out for Weymouth Carnival
Weymouth Carnival Queen Gina Hartley with Princesses Sarah Flann and Victoria Hope and Mayor Ray Banham
TENS of thousands turned out for one of the busiest Weymouth Carnivals on record.
The party kicked off at 10am yesterday with the crowning of the new Carnival Queen.
Carnival Queen Gina Hartley urged everyone to make the most of the day. She said: “There are so many things going on, it is going to be a great day.”
The fun continued throughout the morning with games and competitions, live music, sandcastle making, beach sports, cooking demos, a food festival and a tug-of-war con test, the carnival procession and a firework spectacular to finish.
Diane Moore from the carnival committee said: “It has been a fantastic show and the team are all delighted.”
Deputy president of Weymouth Carnival Lucy Compton thanked the hard work of the committee, volunteers and sponsors.
She added: “The team have had the most fantastic day.”
Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Councillor Ray Banham and Mayoress Pamela Nixon were there to greet the carnival team and crown the Carnival Queen.
Coun Banham said: "It has been fantastic to meet people and see people really enjoying the carnival.”
Pirates, circus animals and rock stars brought Weymouth seafront to life as thousands lined the streets to for the grand procession.
Shania Symes, 13, from Weymouth, said: “My favourite part were the pirates and also the church group but everything was brilliant.”
Air FM's classic rock music float proved popular with crowds singing and dancing along.
Weymouth and Dorchester's taekwondo groups gave a daring performance closely followed by members of the Front skate park who wowed onlookers with BMX stunts.
Tracy Hardy, from Dorchester, brought children Robert, nine, and Grace, six, to see the procession. She said: “The parade has been absolutely fantastic and the kids have been dancing and singing along.”
South Dorset MP Richard Drax and Coun Banham judged the dozens of floats and walking groups in the parade.
Mr Drax said: "There's been a fantastic effort today and lots of imagination has clearly gone into the costumes, they are great.”
The winners of Best Dressed Float was Chick-Wrecked by Chickerell Carnival Club.
Organiser Haley Knight-Davies said: "We're a community group with friends and family from the Chickerell area.
“We are really, really happy to have won the best dressed float, it's great. Everyone has put a lot of effort into their costumes and we have all made something to help decorate the float.”
The Frampton Village Green team eventually claimed the honours in the Tug of War contest.
The popular barrel race made a return to Weymouth Carnival.
Idris Martin, 62, of Lodmoor, said he was proud to win.
He said: "It was a lot of fun and I will definitely be back next year to defend my title."
Elsewhere, 10-year-old Phoebe Mills raced to the finish line of the fun run.
The St Augustine's pupil said the experience was 'brilliant'.
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