In 2014, the future of Verwood Carnival hung in the balance, but with a new chairperson and hardworking committee this has been turned around.
This year’s procession was so large, it overran, putting the schedule behind. Queues formed at the field, which soon filled up.
Families took advantage of ‘set price’ wristbands at the fun fair, there were animals to pet from Longdown Mobile Farm, ponies to lead and groom from Country Corner Ponies, Punch and Judy shows, stalls, food, drinks and much-needed ice creams.
As soon as the arena events got underway the crowds saw hawks from Liberty Owl and Raptor Centre demonstrating their flying skills followed by BMX Arena Shows showing off their in flight capabilities with breath-taking tricks.
When Titan the Robot put in appearance and the arena was opened up so everyone had chance to get up close, he delighted them all, regardless of age.
Shelley Morris, the carnival chairperson was thrilled with the day and said, “We had an absolutely fantastic turnout for the carnival and the procession. There were lovely smiling faces everywhere. It is a long awaited reward for all the hard work of the committee. It was just what we wanted.”
She made special mention of Andy Guy of Guys Plant Hire who sponsored Titan the Robot and helped with the procession.
When asked if she would be doing it next year, Shelley said, “Oh yeah! This is just the beginning.”
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