Carnival returns to county town
3:30pm Saturday 15th September 2012 in News
Fancy dress, whistles and drums greeted shoppers in Haverfordwest on Saturday as a walking carnival made its way through the town’s streets.
The procession congregated at the Picton Centre at noon then made its way past County Hall to the cenotaph, waving to all the stopped cars.
Led by Cllr Sarah Llewellyn and Samba Doc, walkers then completed a circuit of the town centre, finishing up at Picton playing fields for the fancy dress judging.
Entrants included pirates, a pearly king and queen, and various medieval maidens, and it was mayor Ken Wyburn who had the difficult task of picking the winners.
The prize for individual fancy dress went to Raven Blything in his doctor’s outfit, and group winners were Turkish Delight, sisters Rose and Lily Gunning with cousin Chloe John.
The afternoon’s entertainment included musical performances from Llanelli Marching Band and Samba Doc, a vintage car display, ex-army vehicles, and various games and activities.
Cllr Wyburn was glad of the hot weather when he took to the stocks and braved a barrage of wet sponges.
Organiser Richard Blacklaw-Jones said: “This is the first town carnival in a few years, and a really good start.
Hopefully it’ll be even bigger and better next year and everyone who took part today will come back and bring their friends and family.”
He also thanked all those who helped make it happen, including local businessman Johnny McHugh, the Taj Mahal restaurant and Envy hair salon.