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PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds turn out for Hellesdon’s annual carnival

PUBLISHED: 09:28 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:28 21 July 2014

Billy Gray, five, and Eda Lovett-Weston, four, zumba kids at Hellesdon Carnival. Photo: Bill Smith

Billy Gray, five, and Eda Lovett-Weston, four, zumba kids at Hellesdon Carnival. Photo: Bill Smith

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Hundreds turned out for Hellesdon’s annual carnival on Saturday as dancers, baton twirlers and a mini Shetland pony paraded through the village.

Youngsters took centre stage for this year’s procession, with Zumba Kids, Finesse Baton Twirlers and Hellesdon Pre School providing entertainment on the way to the recreation ground in Middletons Lane.

Harriet Wigger, Finesse Baton Twirlers coach said: “This is the first year we’ve done the carnival and the girls love showing off their skills.”

About 14 girls took part in the parade with batons and pom poms and Harriet said they had a great time.

She said: “The girls compete regularly but they just love doing displays, they really enjoy it so we try to do as much as we can.”

Hellesdon Pre School at the Carnival. Photo: Bill Smith Hellesdon Pre School at the Carnival. Photo: Bill Smith

As the procession moved down Cromer Road, the Zumba Kids were in full swing, dancing to music provided by Radio Norwich.

Joss Mason, 8, took part and said: “It’s really fun, when I started doing the club after school I was nervous because I didn’t know anybody.

“Now, we’re all really good friends and I help out with the younger ones as well.

“It’s not just you on your own, it’s everyone together.”

Pride of place at the front of the parade was mini Shetland pony Buddy, sporting a Union Flag and poppies, with his owner Jim Capes.

Jim said: “This is the third year they have asked us to be in the parade and as it’s the anniversary of the Great War we thought we’d put something together for him to wear.”

Organiser Ian Bond said: “It’s about the tenth year we’ve been doing this and the turnout was really nice.

“The weather was nice too and it’s great to have had the police horse with us.”

The march finished off at the village recreation ground with stalls and entertainment from dance groups and the 2nd Hellesdon Brownies.

Hellesdon Parish Council Chairman Peter Balcombe was pleased the weather was on their side, after forecasts earlier in the week had predicted downpours.

He said: “We were concerned about the then weather forecasts but we had some of the best weather we can recall from the 20 years that Hellesdon carnivals have run!

“The carnival was probably our best ever, we had more stalls and many more people attending than ever before.

“Our organising committee should be praised for all their hard work.”

Do you have a Hellesdon story? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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