Cumbrian village celebrates 40th anniversary of carnival


Here's to the next 40 years!

Villagers turned out in force to celebrate four decades of Kirkbride Carnival - despite rain threatening to dampen the day.

However, organisers and participants were determined that the show must go on and that everyone would have a wonderful time... and it delivered.

Kerriann Stamper, who heads up the carnival committee, said: "The committee had to adapt plans for the day, postponing the afternoon of traditional sports until another time.

"We had a few more trailer floats and an amazing turn out of people of all ages dressed up.

"The mix of floats was creative and our judge Amanda Pattinson had a very hard task.

"The committee suggested a theme of either the 1970s or 40 years of something.

"That inspired the winning large float of 40 years of the Grand National, and winning small float 40 years of the force (Star Wars). Along with 40 years of fashion and the '70s has beens'."

People in the village, near Wigton, made a special effort to celebrate the anniversary, with about 100 people taking part in the floats and various activities.

Entertainment was provided in a marquee at the village pub - The Bush Inn - by Stevie Las Vegas.

The new carnival queen Isabella Rudd was crowned by retiring queen Hannah Aston.

The date is still to be confirmed for the afternoon of sports.

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