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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Thousands line route for Whitehaven Carnival

Peter Pan took crowds to Never Neverland while school children danced Under The Sea as Whitehaven Carnival took to the streets.

The whole town was buzzing as thousands lined the route to watch the floats and dance troupes pass by.

Kathryn Nann, from Whitehaven, was crowned this year’s Carnival Queen and the 12-year-old looked the regal part as she made her way on her float. The Whitehaven Academy student comes from a family of past Queens as both her sister and her auntie have worn the crown previously.

Kathryn said: “It was a surprise to be picked, but I am really excited to be queen.”

Saturday’s event was organised by the Whitehaven and District Lions and Eric Urquart, communications officer, said: “The parade was, as always, a wonderful spectacle. It is so important to be able to keep this tradition going it is a great family fun day out which brings the community together.”

The floats and dancers brought colour to the streets and Rosehill Youth Theatre (RYT) took the title of best carnival float and best parade entry with their floats for Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Peter Pan.

Anne Kelly, director for RYT, said: “This is the third time we have won, and I am still just as thrilled.

“The kids did so well and as long as they enjoy themselves then that is what matters for us.”

Wayne and Claire Dixon, from The Highlands, brought 20-month-old Ellis to his first carnival. Wayne said: “I am surprised at just how many floats there were taking part in the parade, although I think my favourite was Jericho School.”

Jericho also bagged two wins, for best fancy dress and the schools’ group with their underwater theme.

Popstars 1 and 2 won the Mayor's Trophy for the best dancing troupe.

The carnival ended in Castle Park where, for the first time, there was a show from PP Niscu Puppets, which proved a big success for youngsters, as well as the usual funfair favourites and stalls.

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