Call for town entries as Budleigh Carnival draws closer

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2018

The Budleigh Carnival Club at Budleigh carnival. Ref exb 40-17TI 1743. Picture: Terry Ife

The Budleigh Carnival Club at Budleigh carnival. Ref exb 40-17TI 1743. Picture: Terry Ife

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The organisers of the annual Budleigh Carnival are calling for more town folk to take part as they gear up for this year’s event.

The Budleigh Carnival Club at Budleigh carnival. Ref exb 40-17TI 1743. Picture: Terry IfeThe Budleigh Carnival Club at Budleigh carnival. Ref exb 40-17TI 1743. Picture: Terry Ife

This year’s carnival – the second since it was re-incarnated – will be the first since Budleigh Salterton’s event was added to the East Devon Circuit meaning floats from across the region will be descending on the town on Saturday, September 29.

This year will see a new trophy introduced for the best float in memory of popular Budleigh ‘lovable rogue’ Bob ‘bruv’ Hill who died earlier this year.

Another trophy – named after the late long-time town butcher Chris Coles – will be awarded to the best-dressed shop window.

Julie Meredith, who is on the Budleigh Carnival committee, said this year organisers would like to see more ‘local’ entries, adding: “We work very hard at putting it on and we’re trying to encourage anyone to enter.

“It’s the whole experience of it – once you have been in one I think you’d be going to others – it’s a good event for the town and we want as many people involved as possible.”

The carnival will set off from outside the health and wellbeing hub, in Boucher Lane, at 7.30pm before making its way down to Coastguard Hill, along Marine Parade, Fore Street, High Street and up Station Road to its finishing point in Upper Stoneborough Lane.

There will be various road closures in the town centre from 7pm to allow for the procession.

Radio station Exmouth Air will be at the event from 6pm and Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein is due to attend.

There will be various other entertainments such as balloon modelling and juggling; it is hoped that some of the town centre businesses will stay open late for the carnival too.

A pizza van will be in town as well as greek food and chocolate soup stalls.

Budleigh Lions will also be hosting a barbecue on the night.

Judging for the window dressing competition – taking place in the week leading up to the carnival - will be done by Marion Coles and Mary Hartnell on Friday, September 28.

Anyone interested in having either a walking or motorised entry into the carnival 
procession should ring Julie on 01395 442067.

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