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Weymouth Carnival 2008

Weymouth Carnival 2008

Weymouth Carnival 2008

It takes a lot to stop the Weymouth Carnival. Running for more than 50 years, and now with new organisers at the helm, even persistent heavy downpours didn't prevent it from going ahead.

With a new team behind the annual tradition, Weymouth's Carnival returned for another year on Wednesday 20 August - and with a greener, community based theme.

After the Weymouth Carnival of 2007, it was uncertain if there'd be another one.

Weymouth Carnival 2008 - Amy Winehouses!

Weymouth Carnival 2008

Organisers, Weymouth's Round Table, had decided to no longer run the event, which, after more than 50 years, nearly meant the end of the town's traditional annual festival.

But local businesses and individuals got together and formed the Carnival Committee. The results of their hard work were clear as everyone taking part gathered in the Pavilion's hall - taking shelter from the persistent rain - in readiness for the 6pm start.

With planning only beginning last February, it was decided the carnival parade wouldn't use any floats, and instead be entirely on foot.

One of the organisers, Sue Follan, explained: "We only took over in February this year, we had no resources and there were lots of health and safety issues so as committee we took the decision for no floats - and it's been a good turn out, despite the bad weather."

So with the event deemed a success, Sue says: "We got there, we got it done - and we'll be back next year."

Browse through our photos of the event, and look back over pictures from the carnival in recent years, too, in our photo galleries.

last updated: 22/08/2008 at 10:04
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