By Bromham Webmaster, Jul 21 2016 09:27PM
AN explosion of colour, noise and creativity came together to light up the 2016 edition of Bromham Carnival on Saturday.
Hundreds took part in the 2pm parade with even more cheering them on from the roadside before all of them descended upon Millennium Field for the showpiece event that has run since 1961.
Entries in the parade included Bromham Brownies dressed as air hostess majorettes, a Rio Carnival theme for St Nicholas Primary School, The Owl Pub staff as the Muppets and Lego characters.
Alongside them were the Trowbridge and Britannia Majorettes, the Cricklade Marching Band and a Dennis the Menace float.
The Mortimer family and friends came first for their Lego costumes and float in the family and best overall category.
"We are absolutely delighted to win these awards. 'Everything is awesome' is a good way to describe it," said Paul Mortimer.
"The kids came up with the idea for it and my wife Rachel is quite artistic and she did the rest - we are so happy with the final product and the kids are loving the day out."
Angela Napier, from the Owl Pub which won best float for pubs and clubs prize, said: "We always do something for the carnival, we love it too much not to.
"We actually ran out of ideas of what to do, so we thought of something that would make people laugh and we have delivered on that. The community loves it and it is a great way to support that community."
Brown Owl of the Bromham Brownies - who won the accolades for best children's float and best effort - Tracy Hillier said: "The kids loved every minute of it and they were so excited by it all.
"This theme is very apt as it was the Queen's 90th and the Euros are on so we are flying the flag so to speak."
Kevin, Stephanie and their baby boy Freddie won the adult walker group for their stag night costume, seven-year-old William Geary claimed the age six-11 walkers title for his Bear Grylls tiger-bike entry and St Nicholas School won the children's walking group crown.
Bromham carnival committee chairman Pete Davis said:"We were very happy with the way it went. It was one of, if not our best turnout yet.
"We had people who had lived here before coming back from all over the country, even one chap came over from Canada. It was a wonderful occasion and puts Bromham in a wonderful light."
What followed was scores of locals flocking to Millennium Field for a family fun day of games, vintage cars, rides and stalls, with all proceeds going to local causes and charities.
The fortnight long event list will end on Sunday with songs of praise at 6pm in the parish church.
Gazette and Herald - 18 June 2016