Malmesbury celebrates carnival success
2:09pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
MALMESBURY partied late into the night as carnival drew to a close with its traditional procession.
The town basked in warm sunshine and crowds turned out in force to watch the parade wend its way through the town centre on Saturday evening.
“The weather was wonderful and we had a very high turnout of people watching in the streets. The town was heaving. I’ve never seen so many people,” said organiser Kate Waterfield.
“It wasn’t the biggest procession we have ever had, but the standard was amazing as usual.”
Gru and his minions, the Wizard of Oz, famous Bond baddies and inter-pub rivalry between the Whole Hog and the Rose and Crown featured in the parade, along with male majorettes and a samba band.
A young girl was treated by paramedics for a bruised foot after she darted out into the road to retrieve coins and was caught by one of the vehicles.
Police reported just two incidents on carnival night – a domestic assault and a damaged fence.
“If we can come out of carnival with two very low level crimes like that, I’m happy,” said Sgt Martin Alvis.
After the procession almost 500 people carried on the celebrations at the carnival party hosted at the Flying Monk ground by Malmesbury Victoria FC.
Club secretary Julie Exton said: “ It was one of the best ever and we will definitely be repeating it next year. We were a bit taken aback by how many people came and it was a case of all hands to the pump to keep up with everything.”
In fact it proved such a success the club is planning more events through the year, including a Halloween party on November 2.
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