GALLERY: A marvellous, uplifting kaleidoscope of warmth, colour and fun at Soham Carnival

Soham Carnival 2013, aged 10 months called CAIDEN from redlodge

Soham Carnival 2013, aged 10 months called CAIDEN from redlodge - Credit: Archant

THEY took to Twitter, they swamped Facebook but mostly people simply told each other what a fabulous time they’d had at Soham Carnival.

Soham Carnival 2013

Soham Carnival 2013 - Credit: Archant

In brilliant sunshine but with a cool breeze to enliven spirits the day realised every organisers’ dream and some!

Soham Carnival 2013

Soham Carnival 2013 - Credit: Archant

Such is the carnival’s attraction and longevity (this was its 60th anniversary) it even merits mention in a BBC on line archive.

Soham Carnival 2013

Soham Carnival 2013 - Credit: Archant

“The annual Soham Carnival is attended by most of the residents of the town,” it trumpets.

Soham Carnival 2013

Soham Carnival 2013 - Credit: Archant

Most agree the town is home to around 10,000 – and many reckon that was indeed the number flooding into the recreation ground on Monday!


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“The best day ever” was how one young enthusiast described it on Twitter and few would disagree.

The carnival parade itself was a delight, dancing troupes, lorries aglow with colour and music, and many of the town’s groups and societies rewarded by cheers for their efforts in such magnificent floats.

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Horses had lit up the arena during the morning and then came the pause whilst crowds stormed the streets, often three or four deep, to watch the spectacle of the floats pass through.

Back into the recreation ground and to tumultuous applause once more as the floats eased their way past hundreds trying lining up to see both them and the rest of the day’s attractions.

St Andrew’s Primary School may have been acclaimed winners of the best float but there was little argument that all were worthy of reward- a stunning visual kaleidoscope of energy and talent for all to see.

Or as one young fan, Sean, put it on Twitter: “Had a lovely afternoon at Soham Carnival. Factor 50 has kept me pale and interesting”.

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