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Once again the weather was kind on Carnival Day and didnít rain on our parade,
local people turned out in their droves to support the event. There was family worship, live entertainment
on stage, demonstrations from local groups, childrenís rides, stalls, raffle, parade,
falconry display, farm animals and lotís, lotís more.
By the end of the day we had teenagers dancing in the street to local band 50% potato.

What makes a Carnival!!! well as one of the committee members if I had to list the names
of individual people, organisations and business whose input made the day successful
I would need the complete newspaper, so here are just a few examples.

The Wayland Chamber of Trade & Commerce who for numerous years have
supported the event, this year they sponsored the Main Stage and PA system.
Margaret Devine from the Watton Twinning Association through her hard work behind the
scenes has now re-established the Carnival Princess one of our Towns old traditions.

Each year the back of the programme is dedicated to business and organisations that have
sponsored or donated to the event, this year we have listed 41 and that doesnít include
some late comers such as Bowes of Norfolk, Rivaaj Indian Restaurant and Breckland Funeral Services.

The local services, The Watton Fire Brigade who put up the bunting and attend every year,
the familiar face of our local Police Force and The St. John  Ambulance Team,
we are pleased to say their expertise wasnít needed on the day but they were there for us.

Letís not forget to thank all the people who took part in the procession, and a particular
mention to all the toddlers, I lost count at 88 and can only estimate approximately 100
children from local schools and groups walked down our High Street. As a mother of two
I appreciate the effort that was taken, and would like to thank each member of staff and all the parents for every stitch,
every tube of glue and for the fantastic face painting. It brought a heart felt smile to my face.

On a personal note I would like to thank Paul Adcock for his support and backing
throughout the year, and his hard work on the day, Holly from the Wayland Youth Council
for the numerous hours of work she contributed, Brenda Davis and Carol Robeson who both
retired from the Carnival committee last year but without their mentoring
and help I wouldnít have been able to have done my job.

What makes a Carnival successful? The community of course each and every person,
I think I have discovered why Watton is the heart of Breckland and it isnít anything to do with geography.

Cheryl Clayton
Carnival Secretary.

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