Doddington Carnival and Sports Day brings the village's community spirit to life

PUBLISHED: 12:24 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 07 July 2017

Mario and his friends. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Mario and his friends. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

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Minions, Mario, Minecraft characters, Angry Birds, Maleficent and Lara Croft took over Doddington on Saturday as the village held its annual carnival and sports day.

Maleficent and BatmanMaleficent and Batman

A dozen colourful floats full of children and adults dressed up as video game characters covered Church Lane ahead of the village parade.

The Harley Davidson bikers. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.The Harley Davidson bikers. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Fenland District Councillor David Connor judged Lionel Walden School Association’s Lego float as the junior winner whilst Lionel Walden School were runners up with their version of Wii Sports Resort.

Lego floatLego float

The senior winners were the Ladies That Lunch with their Angry Birds float. The runners up were Doddington Football Club with Minecraft Doddington. The visitor award went to Karate Club.

Doddington Carnival prince and princessDoddington Carnival prince and princess

After announcing the winners, Cllr Connor said: “Fantastic effort all round, well done everyone for taking part.” Other floats included Future Stars Youth Theatre, who brought Sonic the Hedgehog to life whilst Fenland Shotokan Karate Club opted for a Karate Kid float.

Tara Fiveash as Bowser. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Tara Fiveash as Bowser. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Dance and Twirl, dressed in neon pink, then performed their energetic cheer and pom routine.

Minecraft Steve. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Minecraft Steve. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

The vicars of Doddington, Reverends Ian and Lynda Brady, were on hand to give out the best costume prizes for each age group.

Jason Saberton as Mario. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Jason Saberton as Mario. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

The winners were Strike (under sevens), Charlotte Self as the Horse Rider (over sevens) and Tara Fiveash as Bowser (adults). Sue Laver, dressed as Maleficent, was awarded the runner-up adults prize.

Dean Howard and the Harley Davidson bikers. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Dean Howard and the Harley Davidson bikers. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Soon after, and following the prince Ethan Harrison and princess Evie Shepherd cutting the ribbon, the parade got underway, led by the revving engines of Harley Davidson bikers at the front.

Rachel Crouch as Lara Croft. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Rachel Crouch as Lara Croft. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

With children shooting out water from their guns and throwing sweets to the cheering crowd that’s stretched through the village, there was a real community atmosphere.

Fancy dress fun. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Fancy dress fun. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Live music came from Bondy and Whiskey Twist before the action moved to Doddington Recreation Field for the sports afternoon.

Dance and Twirl. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Dance and Twirl. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Dozens of races, bouncy castles, charity stalls and more filled the field as the sun shined down until the late afternoon.

Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

But the fun didn’t stop there, as The Three Tuns pub hosted a DJ and BBQ throughout the evening, ensuring the party continued.

Angry Birds floatAngry Birds float

Jenny Ballantyne said of the day: “What an amazing carnival. We had such an amazing time. Like many others I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in making the day so wonderful.

Tara Fiveash as Bowser, winner of the best adult costume award. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Tara Fiveash as Bowser, winner of the best adult costume award. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

“Your time, dedication and hard work amazes me each year. Hope you all get the chance to relax a little later. Thank you!

The two Tomb Raiders. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.The two Tomb Raiders. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

“We have such an amazing village. Long live the Doddington carnival.”

StrikeStrike

Lego Batman. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Lego Batman. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Fancy dress fun. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Fancy dress fun. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Mario Kart float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Mario Kart float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Future Stars Youth Theatre's Sonic the Hedgehog float. Picture: ALICE HOWARDFuture Stars Youth Theatre's Sonic the Hedgehog float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD

Runners involved in Doddington Sports Day. Picture: ALICE HOWARDRunners involved in Doddington Sports Day. Picture: ALICE HOWARD

Angry Birds float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Angry Birds float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Wii Sports Resort. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.Wii Sports Resort. Picture: ALICE HOWARD.

Lionel Walden School Association's Lego float. Picture: ALICE HOWARDLionel Walden School Association's Lego float. Picture: ALICE HOWARD

Runners involved in Doddington Sports Day. Picture: ALICE HOWARDRunners involved in Doddington Sports Day. Picture: ALICE HOWARD

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