Hundreds of people made their way to Watton on
Sunday as carnival fever and great weather gripped the town.
The event is one of the highlights of the year
and saw the main street closed off for a day of activities.
There was also an extra twist as the BBC team came
along to add to the fun in the climax to the Voices series in Norfolk.
It's not often you get a film star coming along
to a local carnival, but we're lucky enough to have one right on
our doorstep here in Norfolk.
Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry
Potter films, turned out to answer questions from the crowd.
Taking centre stage on the high street he was
quizzed by the BBC's Martin Barber about his forthcoming movie,
The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Chris said how pleased he was to be in Watton
for the day, "It's nice to come and do something outside of
Dereham. I've done a lot public appearances around my village of
Shipdham but never come to Watton before so it's great to be here."
The two stages were busy all day, starting with
a special Songs of Praise and continuing with a mixture of local
bands and talented youngsters.
This was followed by a procession, which saw a
colourful array of costumes and people of all ages dressed up to
walk the length of the high street.
New Voices from the BBC
The carnival was brought to BBC Radio Norfolk listeners
around the county in a special two hour programme and was presented
by three complete newcomers to radio.
Dave Scragg, Tim Fielding and Rebecca Hill were
guest presenters from Watton for the day and took centre stage for
a Voices Carnival special.
The three beginners got in touch with the BBC after
hearing about the Voices project. Voices producer Anita Miah explains
why they were chosen to present the programme.
"Voices was always about hearing people telling
their experiences in their own words. When we planned to do a programme
from the carnival about the whole area, it seemed obvious that it
should be presented by people who live there and know it best."
The praise for the team was forthcoming as they
overcame their nerves to put on a brilliant show. Voices Producer
Kate Holmes said "We were so lucky to find such a talented team.
They did a brilliant job and worked well together. They showed us
all the fun of the Watton Carnival now
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