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Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Dearham's procession of music and costumes wows crowds

Jessica Morris was undoubtedly the most appropriately dressed entrant at Dearham Carnival.

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Miss Summer Jessica Morris

Jessica, 12, of Row Brow Park, was Miss Summer and her cool 50s look-alike frock was perfect for the hot, sunny weather that brought people out in force.

Dearham School’s samba band brought music to the party while Under the Sea had children and adults dressed in wonderful creations turning them into the exotic creatures.

Headteacher Sam Kidd said the theme was based on a book written by one of Dearham’s teachers, Kirsty Barton, which is being used in school. A topical touch came from Peter Bell and friends dressed as the ‘School Went Highwaymen’ – taking a dig at Allerdale council’s approval for more than 120 homes to be built.

Royalty abounded too. Carnival Queen, Lucie Bailiff, eight, of Brow Side, was accompanied by her princess, Katelyn Middleton, eight, of Central Road.

The Fairy queen, Maddison Harker, eight, of Grasslot, Maryport, was accompanied by Mischa Hodgson, four, of Grasslot and Lacey, four, and nine-month old Bobby Scholey of Dearham.

Prince and Princess Jack, six, and Grace Haston, two, of Dearham Hall Farm were there as was the Snow Queen, Rebecca Oglanby, five. She was accompanied by her princesses Lucy Walker, three, and Sophie Oglanby, two, and Father Christmas, Jack Walker, all from Dearham.

Britannia, Amelia Charlton, nine, of Main Road, rode Bailey while Lucy Schott, seven, was a mounted clown and a third horse accompanied the highwaymen.

The Dearham Brass band also took part.

Results: Sheila Parker Memorial Shield and Horsley cup for best entry and best trailer over 10 foot – Snow Queen. Row Brow cup for best trailer under 10 foot – Carnival Queen. Best dressed queen – Fairy Queen. Novelty character on foot – School Went Highwaymen. School group and best entertainment on route – Dearham School Samba Band. Best horse – Britannia. Best group – Dearham School’s Under the Sea.

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