Big crowd gathers for Deepings Carnival and Parade

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Steve Fish with pony Moon. EMN-160307-194755009
The Deepings Carnival Parade. Steve Fish with pony Moon. EMN-160307-194755009

Sunny weather saw a big crowd turn out for the annual Deepings Carnival and Parade at the weekend.

The event, organised by Deepings Lions Club and the Rotary Club of the Deepings, began at 11am on Sunday when the parade left the Deepings Leisure Centre and set off towards the John Eve Field.

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Ministry of Dance group members Lara Jeffery, Alice Matthews, Charlotte Brewer, Hannah Darby and Lauren Boon EMN-160307-194652009

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Ministry of Dance group members Lara Jeffery, Alice Matthews, Charlotte Brewer, Hannah Darby and Lauren Boon EMN-160307-194652009

The colourful procession of people, floats, bikes and vintage vehicles had the theme Carry on Rio.

The carnival itself featured a funfair, craft stalls, beer and wine tent, car boot sale 
and live music throughout the day.

There was also a flypast by Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

District and parish councillor Judy Stevens, who helped to organise the event, said there was a great atmosphere.

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Cyclists from  Spinrooms Studio EMN-160307-194615009

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Cyclists from Spinrooms Studio EMN-160307-194615009

She said: “After last year when we had heavy raid during the parade it was great to see sunny weather and that helped ensure an excellent turnout.

“I estimate we had in excess of 1,000 people attend which was great.

“Organising an event like this takes a lot of time and effort but it’s all worth it when everything goes to plan.”

Arena events included performances by the Harmony Majorettes, Inspire Dance, Shotokan Karate, agility from First Class Dog Training and the Ministry of Dance.

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Pictured are the Harmony Majorettes EMN-160307-194602009

The Deepings Carnival Parade. Pictured are the Harmony Majorettes EMN-160307-194602009

In the marquee there were displays from Deepings Heritage, the IPMS Fenland and Spalding Model Society, Deeping St James WI, plus art and activities for children with local artists Ellie Sandall and Craig Pattrick.