Weston-super-Mare Carnival 2012: Friday night success in Weston
Hundreds of people took part in this year’s Weston-super-Mare carnival on Friday night.
And the town’s controversial Tropicana took centre stage during the spectacle.
It is the first time in its history that the town has held its carnival on a Friday. It is normally held on a Saturday.
Brian Coombs, chairman and procession convener, said: “While there has been a reduction in available funds for entrants to cover the costs of staging, I believe entrants have maintained the usual extremely high standard. The enthusiasm of the entries has shown that carnival exceeds any monetary costs.”
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Bridgwater Carnival’s decision to change to a Saturday gave Weston the chance to move from the final spot in the Guy Fawkes Carnival series to second spot on Friday.
Last year, just under £15,000 was raised and 50 organisations and good causes were helped.
This year they hoped to raise more than £20,000.
The group trying to save the 1930s Tropicana leisure pool were out in fancy dress enlisting support.
The huge parade attracted a bumper crowd of entries, including the Peach family.
Claire Peach, who was born in Bridgwater and now lives in Caerleon in Wales, was back on the Toppers Carnival club float with husband Mark and children Sam, 12, and Stirling, who is 11.
“We can’t get enough of carnival. We have to come back,” she said.
Gremlins Carnival Club members said visitors from Belgium were amazed by the spectacle.
WESTON CARNIVAL 2012 PICTURE SPECIAL
Tableau 1 Race Time Starlight Express, Gemini CC; 2 Hannibal (Rome’s Worst Nightmare), Huckyduck CC; 3 Atlantis, Pentathlon CC. Feature 1 Revolution, Gremlins CC; 2 The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 3 Roller-Ghoster, Marketeers CC. Comic feature 1 Strictly Not Dancing, Newmarket CC; 2 Everybody’s Surfin, Just Georges CC; 3 Plankers, Cary Comedians CC. Juvenile 1 Clown Town, Marina Sydenham JCC; 2 Hollywood Hotel 1939, Hillview CC; 3 Dance Til You’re Dead, Little Devils JCC. Masqueraders Groups adult 1 Western Wedding, Motiv8 CC; 2 Marry the Night, Xtreme CC; 3 Myths, Gorgons CC. Groups juvenile 1 KoKo’s Kids, Crusader Cubs; 2 Flowers in the Rain, Key Kids CC. Groups 3-5 1 Glowing Skies, Next Generation CC. Pairs 1 Jestus 2 Dee Gee.s CC; 2 Up Up and Away, Cousins CC; 3 Regine Di Venezia, Samvantra Juniors. Single adult 1 Atlantis, A&A CC; 2 Snowflake Wizardry, Andy Tizzard; 3 Rio Carnival at the Movies, Roger Muspratt-Hamilton. Single juvenile 1 Phanton-En-Violet, A J CC; 2 Paradise island, Carina Haines; 3 Killian (Little Warrior), Haydon Gareth Tate. Towing vehicle 1 Revolution, Gremlins CC; 2 The Journey of the Polar queen, Masqueraders CC; 3 Roller-Ghoster, Marketers CC. Vehicle driver 1 The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 2 Circus, Crusaders CC; 3 Rock Vegas, Globe CC. Trade 1 Santaland Wookey Hole; 2 Brean Splash Waterpark; 3 Puxton Park. Bands 1 Uphill Bugles. Trade, Santaland Wookey Hole. Local trade Puxton Park. Local Masqueraders adult Richie Clown and Harlequin. Local masquerade juvenile Say and Streetology. Most appropriate music open Revolution. Local Uphill Bugles. Best costume open Race Time Starlight Express. Best costume local Uphill Bugles. Technical achievement Revolution. Visitors choice 1 Journey of the Polar Bear Queen; 2 Dickens Christmas. Best local Uphill Bugles. Judges’ choice Journey of the Polar Bear Queen.