THOUSANDS of spectators lined the High Street to watch the procession of colourful floats, bands, majorettes, dancers, classic cars and walking groups that made up this year’s town Carnival on Sunday [June 17].
The theme of the event, which is organised by Tonbridge Lions, was Animal Capers and the winner of the Walking Juniors category was Cage Green Primary School. The pupils also won last year’s award, for their pirate display.
The runners-up were Medway School of Dancing with 1st Tonbridge Scouts Group coming third.
In the Walking Adults section, Pukka Ponies rescue centre came first followed by the Nepalese Community Tonbridge. Tonbridge Community Services and South Tonbridge Women’s Institute were tied for third place.
In the category comprising dancing, bands and clubs, first prize went to Sahrudaya West Kent Keralites, an organisation which celebrates the Malayalee community from the Indian province.
The 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band came second with Eastbourne’s Stix Drummers in third.
In the commercial class, Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown Carnival Court took the plaudits ahead of Utility Warehouse.
The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Pam Bates, and Lions President Gordon Hill presented the prizes. After the parade the fete was held on Castle Lawn with bands, singers and dancers, and a falconry display by the Hawking Centre.
There was a variety of traditional stalls and a ‘Kiddies Corner’ including a magician and a Punch and Judy show. A favourite for Father’s Day was the ‘Soak your Dad in the Stocks’ stall.
All the money raised from the carnival and fete will go to local charities and good causes.
Keith Bunyon of the Lions Club said: ‘We are extremely pleased with the way the day went.
‘The participants entered into the spirit of this year’s theme Animal Capers.
‘We were particularly pleased to have the Medway School of Dancing and the West Kent Keralites taking part this year. We have had very positive feedback from the local community.’
Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank everyone for their support including Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, West Kent College, who were the major sponsor of the event, the Rotary Club of Tonbridge, Tonbridge Round Table – and especially the Tonbridge Air Cadets for their help.
PICTURE: ON PARADE: Sahrudaya West Kent Keralites wow the crowds at the Tonbridge Lions’ Carnival