The carnival comes to town

PUBLISHED: 15:08 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9: EXMOUTH Carnival is likely to attract the most local entries seen on the East Devon circuit so far in 2008. Carnival organiser Rob Waller is impressed with the community's enthusiasm for the event. Crowds can expect to see this year's mighty contenders, f

EXMOUTH Carnival is likely to attract the most local entries seen on the East Devon circuit so far in 2008.Carnival organiser Rob Waller is impressed with the community's enthusiasm for the event.Crowds can expect to see this year's mighty contenders, fielded by an array of carnival clubs from across the district.Sidvale CC is on the road with Mickey's Express, a dramatic and enchanting vision, and a sure bet for top prizes at the circuit presentation night, and a fabulous tableau from Ashburton. The comic class is as good as ever. Mix the whole lot with 12 Carnival Queens and dozens of walkers and Exmouth comes alive.There will be no lack of laughs, with comic clubs Nymphos CC and Nunsford Nutters CC pulling out all the stops with original entries.New to the circuit this year, and making a big impact, are Boogie Bass Bugs, of Honiton. In the walking groups class, the club looks set to become East Devon's equivalent to Ilminster's established and acclaimed Xtreme CC.Axminster Young Farmers' Club, up against Sidvale, have risen to the occasion with its stunningly wicked Halloween.Although Exmouth Carnival clashes with Chard, only one East Devon entry has indicated it will cross the border - Seaton Explorer Scouts, on the road with Wild Boyz On Tour.For all the latest news from carnivals across the South West, visit the Carnival Capers section on The Journal's website.For the first time in East Devon, The Bournemouth Girls Majorettes are here, also troupes from Torbay and Wellington and, of course, Exeter.As usual there will be the Town Criers, 14 of whom include Exmouth's very own Garth Gibson.Perhaps the biggest change to any float is the one from Tango JCC from Sidmouth which has gone from 40ft to over 80ft. All the usual clubs are here again and without them there would be no carnival! Of course this all costs money and to keep going they really do need everyone to give as much as they can. If everyone gave 50p it would help but, much more to the point, Exmouth Carnival is on trial. If there is any trouble with idiots throwing things then carnival will die here. Rob said: "I need everyone to keep a lookout for trouble, don't get involved but call a marshal or Police officer over and they will deal with it. I intend to take action against anyone caught, we cannot let one or two spoil it for everyone else."Come out for the best night of the year. This year the carnival is being supported from The Exmouth Journal so, if you are asked to smile, you never know where your photo could end up!

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