Stallholders and volunteers battled the elements with good humour as the 2015 Carnival was set up on Hunstanton Green (Sunday, 28 June 2015). Proceedings were formally opened at 11am by Deputy Mayor Cllr James Johnson. Kicking off the entertainment line up was the talented young Conor Blake with his very popular ventriloquism act. Young Conor showed his commitment to keep us all cheerful as he carried on regardless of the damp and windy conditions. A wonderful young man and a credit to his profession. Compering was the task of the ever popular Rollo who kept things on track and entertained the younger children with his Punch and Judy Show.
There were some fabulous American cars for visitors to ooh and ahh over and many did just that: a 1948 Ford Coupe like the Greased Lightening car from “Grease” and a 1955 Chevrolet.
As the morning evolved visitor numbers grew, helped no doubt by the reducing wind and rain. The Hunstanton Town Band looked very much the part as they filled the red, white and blue decorated Bandstand and entertained people on The Green with some very lively music.
The Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band was back once more to lead the parade as it departed from the Hunstanton Rec. The colourful parade was flowing with red, white and blue costumes and livened up with the Downham Marquettes cheerleaders with upbeat funky tunes and Rollason’s Dancers among them. A wonderful old FX4 Taxi decorated with The Star Spangled Banner itself added a special something to the parade and was driven by owner Peter Fisher. The lucky passenger in the FX4 Taxi was newly appointed Mayor Cllr Andrew Murray who smiled and waved at the crowds as the parade passed by.
The Star Spangled Banner was the Carnival theme for 2015 in honour of the heroes of the 1953 floods (USAF 67th Sqdrn) and everyone did it justice and there was a huge crowd out to show their support bringing lots of high spirits with them. Deputy Mayor, Cllr James Johnson kindly declared the winner of the Carnival Parade was the Hunstanton Brownies and awarded the cup.
The Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band provided additional entertainment in the arena followed by Hunstanton Tang Soo Do and John Giller’s young troupe of up and coming stars complete with cowboy and cowgirl outfits, befitting the Carnival theme.
The Carnival Committee were ecstatic to be able to have the Wildcat Aerobatic display as a main feature of the 2015 Carnival and the planes arrived overhead during the Rock Choir’s set. The short but dynamic display kept the crowds enthralled as they went through their exciting routines. The Rock Choir leader, Mike Tandy, got the crowd doing the hand jive whilst the Rock Choir performed a range of popular tunes. There were several lead vocalists starting with Downham Market’s Kathy Philipott singing the challenging “Walking on Broken Glass” and Hunstanton’s Anna Hallard hit the high notes with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. “Livin’ on a Prayer” sung by Kate Blackburn from Wisbech who sang during the Wildcat Aerobatics display and ended just as the aerobatic team formed a heart in the sky right overhead.
Support for this year’s Carnival came from many of the local businesses for which the Committee are truly grateful, particularly as donations and our fundraising events are our only source of funding. Thank you so much for all the support and here’s to 2016!