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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Carnival fever grips the streets of Wigton

Minions were among those causing madness and mayhem at Wigton Carnival.

The Todd, Haile and Woodburn families clubbed together for the second year running to put a float in Saturday’s colourful cavalcade – this year’s effort being ‘Despicable Us’, a play on words of the animated smash hit movie.

Most of the 13 were dressed as the distinctive yellow cartoon creatures, including Carol Todd.

She said: “We did it together for the first time last year when we did Kidz Rock. This year this was an easy choice, all the kids love it and it has some great music that we play along the route.”

Also in the parade, 18-month-old Ruby Reynolds was taking part in her first carnival with eight other friends and family members.

Their Mickey Mouse Clubhouse float and outfits were put together by friends Elaine Studholme and Christine Crawshaw.

Elaine’s daughter Louise said: “My mum came up with the idea and she and Christine have been doing the carnival for years. The kids love taking part.”

Meanwhile Gillian Calvert, who works as a biomedical scientist at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, was one of the members of Not A Full Deck, dressed as the five of diamonds.

“We do it as a group of friends and family every year, there’s about 20 of us this time round,” she said.

“It’s a good laugh and day out. And the kids love to get involved. We had to have meetings to decide what our theme would be this year.”

The judges scrutinising the floats and fancy dress entries were Lawrence Marshall, from Silloth, and three generations of the same family from Flimby who are resurrecting the village carnival there next Saturday.

Karen Markham is part of the team staging Flimby’s first carnival in a decade, along with her father Cyril Ostle and daughter Demi-Jade. “We’re looking forward to it. I used to be the carnival queen and so it’s nice to see that it’s coming back,” Demi-Jade said.

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