Crowds flock to Harpenden Carnival: Video and gallery

PUBLISHED: 10:45 26 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:46 26 May 2011

Harpenden carnival 2011.  Left to right Barney and Kate Cobbold with Leon Hubbard.  Part of Sealed Knot Re-inactment.

Harpenden carnival 2011. Left to right Barney and Kate Cobbold with Leon Hubbard. Part of Sealed Knot Re-inactment.

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HIGH winds and the occasional shower failed to put a dampener on proceedings at this year’s Harpenden Carnival, with an estimated 3,000 people enjoying the festivities.

HIGH winds and the occasional shower failed to put a dampener on proceedings at this year’s Harpenden Carnival, with an estimated 3,000 people enjoying the festivities.

Hundreds of people packed the High Street for Sunday’s procession, which featured representatives from various community groups including schools, Cubs and Brownie groups, majorettes, nurseries and the fire service. Newly inaugurated Town Mayor Cllr Michael Weaver led the parade, his first civic event in the role, and the First Harpenden Brownies won top prize for their costumes.

The procession made its way to Rothamsted Park for the carnival fair, where crowds enjoyed breathtaking stunts in the main arena from the Stannage Stunt Team. Other highlights included the mighty cannon and musket fire from the Sealed Knot Civil War re-enactment group and the free family entertainment offered by Monkey Music, Drama Lamas and Strum and Drum.

This year’s carnival was in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity, Herts Air Ambulance, Noah Enterprise, Resolve, Community Meeting Point Harpenden, Open Door St Albans and Harpenden Child Contact Centre, and early indications are that more than £12,000 was raised for these organisations.

Round Table Carnival chairman Graham Halkyard said: “The people of Harpenden and the surrounding area once again turned out to support their local carnival and enjoyed an afternoon of fun in the park. The local business community continued to provide the much needed support and this, combined with the tireless efforts Round Table members, 41 club and Harpenden Circle, made the event possible. Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters”.

The carnival is organised each year by Harpenden Round Table, a group of about 30 Harpenden men who organise various social events as well as trying to put a bit back into the community. They are always very happy to hear from people who may be interested in joining them. If you’re male, under 45 and would like to know more then visit their website at www.harpendenroundtable.org


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