Record Turn Out for Hunstanton Carnival 2016

The day began looking very grim with gloomy skies but hour by hour as the morning wore on it brightened up.  By the time the stallholders were ready to rock at 10am the sun was out and a glorious Carnival Day beckoned.  Following something of a photoshoot session on the wonderful London Routemaster bus outside Hunstanton Tourist Information Office, the Hunstanton Town Mayor Cllr James Johnson marched with the Carnival Lion  from the Golden Lion Hotel alongside the Carnival Queen, Makayla Rule, and her Princesses (Purity-Rose Ologhoejebi, Lily Rose, Eleanor Hollin and Zerrin Mitchell across the green to the stage to formally open the 2016 Hunstanton Carnival.

Once the official ceremony was done they made their way to the Recreation Ground where the floats and walking parade entries were all assembled as usual.  The Carnival theme of “The Best of British” brought out a lot of great ideas for parade entries including “The Great British Bake Off” and “The Best of British Music”.  There were a lot of excited children eager to get on with it and eventually the parade was lined up with The Cambridge Caledonian Pipe Band and made their way through the streets and on to the green which were lined with what must have been thousands of spectators.  The numbers were truly amazing and much appreciated by the organising Committee.

The winning floats were declared by Mayor Cllr James Johnson as:

  • Best Adult Float: Rock Choir
  • Best Children’s Float: Scouts & Beavers

The weather held up beautifully with the exception of a small, but significant downpour, mid-afternoon following the wonderful display put on by the Wildcat Aerobatics team.  The boys in flight did us proud once again and put on a stunning show.  We look forward to this continuing to be an annual tradition.

Hunstanton Tang Soo Do, The Rollason Dance Academy, Rollason Punch & Judy and Magic Show, Hartbeeps, Rock Choir, King’s Lynn Ukelele Club and The Decomposers were absolutely wonderful keeping everyone entranced through the day with their own brand of entertainment.  Hunstanton Concert Band filled the bandstand with their impeccably dressed members and provided some rousing British tunes to entertain those in listening distance on the green.  They rounded off their programme with with a very patriotic national anthem.  In addition there was a small selection of classic cars for visitors to admire on the green which many were happy to do. A big thank you to all of you wonderful people and to the general public for supporting us all.
The Committee would also like to thank everyone who supported the Carnival this year both financially and with volunteering time.
We would particularly like to thank the local businesses who supported the Carnival:
  • World of Fun
  • Costa Coffee
  • Sunny Hunny Ice Cream Company
  • Fishers
  • The Wash & Tope Hotel
  • Hunstanton Models
  • Londis
  • Chives
  • Rainbow Amusement Park
  • Vegas
  • Kays Donuts
  • White China
  • Snettisham Park
  • Norfolk Lavender Kitchen
  • James Johnson Accountants
  • Town & Around
  • Keelies Beauty Salon
  • Searles Seatours
  • Hughes Electrical

We would also like to thank the businesses who helped make it all happen from further afield including:

  • Bus and Us
  • Mervyn Lambert Traffic Management
  • Ocean Breaks Luxury Holidays
  • NR Asphalt
  • Road Tech
  • Elgoods Brewery
  • Aimes
 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH – without your support the Carnival could not happen.  Here’s to Hunstanton Carnival 2017!