Winterbourne Down Carnival draws bumper crowds

May 13 2019
Winterbourne Down Carnival draws bumper crowds

ORGANISERS of Winterbourne Down Carnival say this year’s event was a “huge success”.

They say the crowds of people watching the procession, which started from Bradley Avenue and ended at the Methodist Church on the May Day bank holiday Monday, were bigger than ever this year.

The parade, which this year had the theme of The Greatest Show, was led by the Bristol Pipe and Drum band, above. The crowds were also entertained throughout the day by Winterbourne Down Border Morris dancers, Mundi Dance, Stapleton School of Dance, Same Same But Different, the Panama Jazz band, Fern and the Gang and many other local groups.

Committee Chair John Turner said: “The Carnival was a huge success this year and it was a pleasure to see so many people attend and help out, from manning the road closures to constructing stalls. It was done voluntarily, with a big smile.”

carnival queen

The carnival queen and attendants

Some 70 children took part in the disco, and the winners of the popular treasure hunt and scarecrow trail were the Bennett family.

During Sunday evening’s songs of praise at All Saints’ church, presentations were made to long serving members of the carnival’s organising team to thank them for their efforts. The carnival was originally started on the initiative of the two local churches, All Saints and Bethesda, which take it in turns to host the songs of praise.

Profits from this year’s event, which will be announced later, will go to the South Gloucestershire based Jessie May Trust, which supports families with terminally-ill children.

scarecrow trail


The scarecrow trail was a hit again

The only disappointment of the event was that the planned Dakota flypast had to be cancelled. The MOD told organisers that the aircraft was unfortunately ‘unserviceable’.