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Crowds take to the streets for Ulverston Carnival

Published on: Tuesday 7th July 2015
Categorised under: Live, Play , Festivals, Ulverston

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Ulverston for the "best carnival in years".

Ulverston Hospice Carnival welcomed hundreds of residents to the streets of the town earlier today for an extravaganza people of all ages could enjoy.

A parade, stalls, fairground rides, food and drink, and dance competitions were just some of the attractions locals and visitors were treated to at the annual event, which is traditionally one of its busiest weekends of the calendar.

This year's event was renamed the Ulverston Hospice Carnival as all profits go towards St Mary's Hospice which provides end-of-life care to residents across South Cumbria.

With a VE Day theme, costumes, music and floats all reflected some of the most prominent images of the 1940s.

The day began at 11am as Ulverston Victoria High School band entertained crowds at Market Cross before dance competitions got underway at Ford Park at 11.30am.

The town's famous parade, which featured  104 floats, dance troupes and various musical bands, kicked off just before 1.30pm at the junction of Hart Street and Fountain Street, before making its way through King Street, Queen Street, Cavendish Street and past the Coronation Hall before making its way back to Ford Park.

Mav Haddow, parade secretary, said: "It's been great and all the entries were absolutely brilliant.

"The Brownies have sung their hearts out from start to finish.

"People have said that this year it has been a proper carnival with lots of floats and people from the community doing what they want to do.

"It's been absolutely fab and couldn't have gone any better really."

Bob Qazi, corporate and partnership development fundraiser for St Mary's Hospice, said: "It's just been fantastic.

"People have put so much effort in such a short time and it's great that companies such as Glaxo and other firms have put so much effort in.

"We've had people getting their collection boxes full and bringing them back and exchanging them so it's really amazing.

"This is just the start because we'll be doing this again next year and hopefully it'll be even bigger and better.

"On behalf of the hospice I would like to thank everyone who has taken part or come to watch."