Regional prize caps off award-winning year for Budleigh’s carnival club

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 December 2017

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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Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club has been named the best in its class in the East Devon circuit for 2017.

A landmark year for Budleigh Salterton’s carnival club has been capped off by being named the best in its class for 2017.

This year’s float, named ‘You Bet’, has been given the top prize in the 30-foot class in the East Devon Circuit.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club is no stranger to the award, but haven’t claimed the prize for ‘several years’.

“We’re thrilled; this year has gone really well,” said club secretary Julie Meredith.

“We have been runners up for a number of years so to get first prize is great.”

Speaking at a town council meeting, councillor Michael Hillier praised the club for the award.

He added: “They have represented this town very well and they deserve a round of applause.”

The award caps off a memorable year for the club, which included being part of the town’s procession, which returned after a gap of more than 20 years.

Julie, who is also on the committee of the Budleigh Salterton Carnival, told The Journal that a date has already been set for the 2018 carnival after this year’s reboot was a success.

Now that the carnival has been accepted as a permanent part of the East Devon Circuit, the procession will return on September 29, 2018.

This means that the future of the annual event is secured and guarantees floats from across the region will be taking part in the procession.

Julie said that the club’s homecoming during this year’s carnival was the ‘icing on the cake’ for its award-winning year.

Preparations for next year’s carnival season will begin in the New Year with the float set for a ‘strip down and overhaul’ as Budleigh looks to defend its crown.

The club is also organising a pantomime in the New Year to raise funds for regional charities and good causes.

Wonder Productions are again being welcomed back to perform in Budleigh on Saturday, January 6.

They will bring their version of Dick Whittington to the Public Hall, Station Road, from 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm.

Tickets, available on a first-come-first-serve basis, are available from the Public Hall, the Tourist Information Centre, in Fore Street, and from Julie by ringing 01395 442067.

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