Party time as carnival comes to Aldeburgh

PUBLISHED: 12:40 21 August 2013

Aldeburgh Carnival procession. Aldeburgh High Street.

Aldeburgh Carnival procession. Aldeburgh High Street.


Aldeburgh was a blaze of colour and alive to the sounds of music, fireworks and fun as crowds took to the streets for the town’s 71st carnival.

Thousands of people lined the streets for the carnival procession, as Mayor Sara Fox ushered in proceedings by crowning this year’s carnival queen Hannah Osborne, joined by attendants Bonnie Butterworth, Ellie Philpot and Matilda Salter.

The mayor also presented a gift of appreciation on the steps of Moot Hall for 45 years of service to the Aldeburgh Carnival Committee by honorary secretary Judy Gowen, who has seen the event grow from a one-day event into the three-day festival now celebrated each summer.

Judy said: “This has come as a complete surprise to me. I had no idea it has been 45 years.

“It has all been a great deal of fun. The people of Aldeburgh should be very proud of our carnival. The committee works incredibly hard, but we have an awful lot of fun as well.”

Activities began with swimming and children’s races, followed by the launch of Aldeburgh’s all-weather lifeboat, before the main procession, carnival, lantern procession and fireworks display in the evening.

Among the main procession floats this year was a carnival first, created by Leiston’s Long Shop Museum and the Leiston Works Railway. A team of volunteers made a replica of the Jane, one of two schooners in which Richard Garrett took all his Leiston workforce and their families by sea from Slaughden Quay to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, where Garretts was one of the major exhibitors.

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