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Olympics inspiration for popular carnival
YOUNG and old dressed up, danced and waved their way through Witney to kick off the town’s annual carnival.
Despite the wet weather, an estimated 5,000 people turned out through the day and some 500 featured in the procession.
The parade was themed on the Olympics and featured children with hand-made torches, cyclists, decorated floats and cheerleaders.
After the procession had meandered through Corn Street, Welch Way and High Street, the carnival itself began on The Leys.
The event included a donkey derby, dog show, tug of war competition, beer tent and live entertainment for the youngsters.
Witney resident Mel Cooke, 35, said: “It was good fun and lots of people turned out, even though it was pouring with rain.”
Her daughter, Maisie, six, said: “I really enjoying being part of the procession, and it was nice seeing all my friends as well.”
Alice Freer, of Witney, said: “It was raining quite a bit, but the day was really fun.”
The carnival was officially opened for the second year by Shaun Foggett, who runs Crawley-based conservation centre Crocodiles of the World.
Witney mayor Harry Eaglestone said: “I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out because it was absolutely tipping it down.”
Rotarian Roy Garwood, who marshalled the parade, said: “It went extremely well, especially when the sun came out later in the day.
“For me, being the procession organiser, the procession was of course the best part but it was also fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves.”
The carnival on Saturday raised more than £11,000 through sponsorship alone.
The money will go to charities supported by the event organisers, Witney’s Rotary, Round Table, Lions and Air Training Corps clubs.