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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Future looks bright as revived Maryport carnival blazes back in the sun

Maryport's carnival returned at the weekend and the town turned out in force to welcome it and bask in the sunshine.

The Solway Trust worked hard to revive the carnival after it was cancelled last year due to a lack of money and helpers.

And the hot weather helped hundreds turn out to line the long carnival route, from Fleming Square to Shipping Brow via Wood Street, Ellenborough and Mealpot Roads, along Station Road and Curzon Street and up Senhouse Street to Shipping Brow.

In places the crowd was four or five deep as people enjoyed the glorious weather. The sound of the carnival parade was provided by three Samba bands and a jazz band.

There was plenty of entertainment en route with children from the Maryport Dance Centre, dressed as little monkeys, the Marra Achies, Glasson Rangers’ Mexican entry, to the Butcher’s Arms Fight Night, a 70’s flashback from the Maryport Labour Club with Adam and His Army of Ants and a bit of Madness from Maryport’s Got Nee Talent.

Charity got a look in, too, with a group of super heroes raising money for Macmillan Cancer Trust and the Round table Santa’s Sleight, pulled by Maryport Inshore Rescue’s vehicle and featuring a sunny Santa in Hawaiian gear.

There were visiting queens from Seaton and Dearham and children including the little “dogs” , representing the L&A Pet Boutique, who handed out doggie treats to any animals watching the parade.

Results: Best youth entry - Maryport Dance centre. Best child on foot – L & A Pet Boutique. Best float - Seaton Fairy Queen 1, Dearham Snow Queen 2. Best adult of foot – Jackie Banks (bangla Bed Bug).

Best in carnival: Maryport Marra Achies 1, Fight Night 2, Adam and His Army of Ants 3.

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