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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Spectators soak up the sun at Seaton’s big day

Seaton was awash with colour and creativity at its sun-soaked carnival.

Seaton carnival photo
Cat in the Hat - Sam Blair with Keirm and Jaden Fulton

Thousands of spectators enjoyed the great weather as temperatures soared to 24C.

They were entertained by music, dance routines and storybook characters.

Dressed in outfits fit for royalty, queens Erin Smith, Molly Tibble, Charlotte Grimshaw, Rosie Walsh and Ruby Birks were chauffeured on floats.

Erin, nine, this year’s carnival queen, had a Cinderella-inspired float, which took four months to make.

Her aunt, Tracy Ball, 41, of Main Road, Seaton, said: “We’re really proud of her. She looks absolutely stunning today.”

Saturday’s procession included 1st Seaton Rainbows dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz, Seaton Junior School pupils as Frankenstein’s mad scientists and friends from the Pack Horse Inn who did a golf-themed routine.

Seaton Rugby Club danced to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune and Claire Ferguson School of Acro and Dance did an Out Of Africa routine.

There were Ghostbusters, The Cat in the Hat, a circus ringmaster, Postman Pat, pirates and cowgirls too.

Carnival chairman Lauren Dawson, who has organised the event for three years, was carnival queen in 1996. She said: “Everyone has worked so hard to make this happen. I’m very happy with the amount of entries this year and the turnout. We’ve also been blessed with gorgeous weather which has topped everything off.”

Susan Potts, 61, of Ling Beck Park, Seaton, who was carnival queen in 1964, helped to present prizes. She said: “It was an honour to be invited back to support the other queens and give out prizes.”

This year’s parade was led by Workington Town Band Association.

There was also music from loan piper Stephen Wells, of the Lochmaben Royal Burgh Pipe Band in Dumfriesshire.

Mary Wallbanks, 49, of Church Road, Seaton, said: “It’s a fantastic community event and everyone comes out to support it.”

Brian Atkinson, 47, of Mason Terrace, Flimby, said: “It is a really good atmosphere and a day out for the family.”

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