30th Tonbridge Carnival brings medley of music and dance
by Andy Tong | 20th June 2019
THE annual Tonbridge Carnival and Fête on Sunday [June 16] featured a rich variety of music and dance to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The event, organised by Tonbridge Lions Club, began with a parade of floats, bands, majorettes, dancers and walking groups, many embracing this year’s theme of Flower Power.
The procession also featured classic Minis to mark the car’s 60th birthday.
Then the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Cllr Jill Anderson, and Lions President Tom Simmons presented the prizes to the parade winners.
Cage Green Primary School won the Walking Juniors prize with Sevington Playgroup second.
For the Walking Adults, Tonbridge Community Services (Aspens) took first prize with Nick Mantell of Sainsbury’s as runner-up.
In the Dancing, Bands and Clubs section, the winners were Bulgarian dance clubs Bulgarka and Pirina with Razzamataz in second place.
On Castle Lawn the crowds were entertained by The Palms Trio, the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band, Cannon School of Irish Dance, Showtime Theatre School, Stage Coach Theatre School and drumming group Bloco Fogo.
Among a plethora of stalls and sideshows, the Soak Your Dad in the Stocks offering was a particular favourite for Father’s Day.
All the money raised from the Carnival and Fête will go to local charities and good causes.
Mike Stout of the Lions Club said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the day turned out after setting up in the rain.
“Many participants entered into the spirit of this year’s theme Flower Power and we were particularly pleased to have the Nepalese Dancers and the Bacchus Wind Orchestra taking part this year.
“The response from the crowd indicated that we had achieved another successful carnival day for the enjoyment of the local community.”
Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank everyone for their support especially Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, West Kent College who were the major sponsor of the event, Cooper Mini who sponsored the Carnival programme, the town’s Round Table, and Tonbridge Air Cadets for their help during the day.