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Carnival Day 2012

Sunday 24 June 2012 saw the return of the Hertford Carnival after a break of over ten years. Participants, businesses and volunteers all played their part in ensuring the new carnival went with a bang! 

As well as the traditional procession through the town, entertainment and stalls took place in the grounds of Hertford Castle, with other events scattered throughout the town.

After waiting for so long for their new carnival, the people of Hertford turned out in droves to make Carnival 2012 a success.  On the procession route, the crowd was ten deep in places, and the Castle grounds were full of people enjoying the stalls, refreshments and entertainment.  Attendance in the town was estimated at around 8,000 people.  At procession lead-off time, there were over 2,500 people on Hartham alone.

As a day it was a huge success; everyone enjoyed themselves, thousands were raised for charity, and the whole community was united in a riot of colour and entertainment!

What took place

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You may also like to see;
Mercury coverage; http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Fun-and-games-at-Hertford-Carnival-22062012.htm
Read the Mayor’s commentary on the day, complete with photos, at;
http://mayorofhertford.com/hertford-carnival-returns/
Hertford net's slideshow of the day; http://www.hertford.net/pictures/2012/carnival/

 

The Opening

The Carnival was formally opened by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Jane Sartin, at midday in the Castle grounds.

Cllr Sartin (herself a former Hertford Carnival princess) gave an opening speech before introducing the Carnival princess and attendants to the crowd.  Mayor, court and crowd then counted down to mark the opening! For a photo, see arena.

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Theme

The theme of the Carnival 2012 day was the international ‘A Festival of Nations’, and procession entries, stall-holders and performers were all encouraged to follow this.

This was felt appropriate in a year when the eyes of the world were on the UK, with over 200 nations represented at the Olympics, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marked across the Commonwealth.

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Charity collections

We wanted Hertford Carnival to benefit our local community, and charities were selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day from street and bucket collections.  The chosen charities for Carnival 2012 were Young Life and the Toy Library; click here for more details of the charities. Over £3000 was raised for them, thanks to people's generosity!

The charities are also shown below taking part in Carnival Day 2012 (see the procession and stall slideshows).

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Carnival court

The Carnival court, who were an integral part of the day, consisted of princess Olivia Allen and her two attendants, Gemma Caruana and Ella Capel. Read about the Mercury competition and the girls here, and look out for the photos of the girls taking part in carnival day in the procession and arena photos.

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The Procession

Over thirty floats lined up to parade through Hertford on Carnival day 2012!

Entries came from clubs, community organisations, charities, and businesses, and took the form of floats, decorated vehicles, classic cars, bands, and walking troupes.  Preference was given to Hertford-based participants in order to make it a really local carnival. 

Entries were encouraged to be visually exciting, thought-provoking or entertaining, and in keeping with the overall upbeat spirit of the Carnival, and this they certainly were as everyone set out to have a good - and very colourful - time! 

Participants were also encouraged to follow the ‘Festival of Nations’ theme, either by representing a chosen country or an international group, and by any means desired (national costumes, music, dance, film characters etc). As a result, the world was brought to the streets of Hertford!

The watching crowd was ten-deep in places, and the sun kept the rain at bay.

Participants were euphoric at the reaction they received on the route and at the size of the crowds.  

Selected photos of the procession are here;

  • The Carnival court, pictured with the Herts Mercury editor and their procession driver Gary Matthews (photo David Sartin) The Carnival court, pictured with the Herts Mercury editor and their procession driver Gary Matthews (photo David Sartin)
  • The Mayor, Cllr Jane Sartin, with her consort, her father (photo by Mercedes Benz's Trevor Jamieson) The Mayor, Cllr Jane Sartin, with her consort, her father (photo by Mercedes Benz's Trevor Jamieson)
  • Tall, medium, and tiny ... The Young Life dolls and their carriers (photo Steve Beeston) Tall, medium, and tiny ... The Young Life dolls and their carriers (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Ebony Majorettes representing the USA (photo Steve Beeston) Ebony Majorettes representing the USA (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Hertford & Ware sea cadets (photo Steve Beeston) Hertford & Ware sea cadets (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Going Dutch! - the Flower Bar's entry representing Holland (photo Steve Beeston) Going Dutch! - the Flower Bar's entry representing Holland (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The procession passing through the crowds on the Wash (photo David Sartin) The procession passing through the crowds on the Wash (photo David Sartin)
  • I caught one and it was this big ... (photo David Sartin) I caught one and it was this big ... (photo David Sartin)
  • 1st Hertford Scouts on their international boat (photo Steve Beeston) 1st Hertford Scouts on their international boat (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Hertford Gymnastics Club, representing the home turf (photo Steve Beeston) Hertford Gymnastics Club, representing the home turf (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Mermaids sighted in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin)! Mermaids sighted in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin)!
  • Lots of little Bengeo penguins in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin) Lots of little Bengeo penguins in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin)
  • Celtic Harmony's float was a vision of green (photo Steve Beeston) Celtic Harmony's float was a vision of green (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Ever popular Disney characters from Kisses 4 Kids (photo Steve Beeston) Ever popular Disney characters from Kisses 4 Kids (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Most of the route was crowded (photo Messages party shop) Most of the route was crowded (photo Messages party shop)
  • The Young Life dolls (photo David James) The Young Life dolls (photo David James)
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary school, feeling Irish (photo David James) St Joseph's Catholic Primary school, feeling Irish (photo David James)
  • Even the volunteers were allowed to have fun (photo David James)! Even the volunteers were allowed to have fun (photo David James)!
  • The Town Council colourful offering (photo Steve Beeston) The Town Council colourful offering (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The Wildeshausen marching band, visiting from Germany (photo Steve Beeston) The Wildeshausen marching band, visiting from Germany (photo Steve Beeston)
  • A taste of what was to follow the next month (photo Steve Beeston) A taste of what was to follow the next month (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wheatcroft's Trojan Army (photo Steve Beeston) Wheatcroft's Trojan Army (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Boo (photo Steve Beeston)! Boo (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • The Museum's float, worked on by many local schools (photo Steve Beeston) The Museum's float, worked on by many local schools (photo Steve Beeston)
  • A sweetie if you've seen the Black Pearl (photo Steve Beeston) A sweetie if you've seen the Black Pearl (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Avast ye maties (photo Steve Beeston) Avast ye maties (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The Carnival court, enjoying the ride (photo David Sartin) The Carnival court, enjoying the ride (photo David Sartin)
  • Still party time (photo Steve Beeston)! Still party time (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Members of the Everyone Active groups posing for a group shot after the procession (photo Sean Russell) Members of the Everyone Active groups posing for a group shot after the procession (photo Sean Russell)
  • Spectators, big and small, disperse after the procession (photo Steve Beeston) Spectators, big and small, disperse after the procession (photo Steve Beeston)
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

The procession left Hartham at 2pm, and took approximately one hour to wind its way around the town.

The route was;

Trophies for best procession entries were awarded in the following categories;

Photos of the winners are shown below;

  • Mudlarks ready for the off (photo Steve Beeston) Mudlarks ready for the off (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Mudlarks are a-go (photo Sean Russell)! Mudlarks are a-go (photo Sean Russell)!
  • Mudlarks in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin) Mudlarks in Parliament Square (photo David Sartin)
  • McMullens and their fantastic dray horses (photo David James) McMullens and their fantastic dray horses (photo David James)
  • Hertford Town Youth FC's colourful float, representing Brazil (photo David James) Hertford Town Youth FC's colourful float, representing Brazil (photo David James)
  • Hertford Town Youth FC in action (photo Steve Beeston) Hertford Town Youth FC in action (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Hertford Town Youth FC receiving their award in the arena (photo Steve Beeston) Hertford Town Youth FC receiving their award in the arena (photo Steve Beeston)
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Floats were judged by the Mayor, Cllr Jane Sartin, and the Carnival court, just prior to the procession.  Design, visual impact, and effort were all considered, as well as enthusiasm and portrayal of the theme.  Trophies were  awarded later in the afternoon in the Castle grounds (see arena).

The procession participants/order was as follows; 


Organisation

Representing
(where known)

Safety Officer

 n/a

LIFE

 

Everyone Active (see Sponsors)

 

Ebony Majorettes

USA

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Ireland

Hertford Football Club

Brazil

Circles Montessori Nurseries

 

Kisses 4 Kids

American Disney

Young Life (see Beneficiaries)

 

Bengeo School Parents’ Association

 

Celtic Harmony

Celtic Nation

Hertford & Ware Sea Cadets

Caribbean

Home Start

 

The Flower Bar (two floats)

Holland

Hertford Gymnastics

Britain

Celtic Harmony

Celtic Nation

Wildeshausen Band (visiting from Germany)

Germany

Hertford Carnival Princess & Attendants

 

The Mayor of Hertford's car

 n/a

Hertford Town Council

 

Mudlarks

 

Hertford Museum

International Collection

Giants - Sele School & Haileybury College

 

1st Hertford Scouts

 

Churchfields Children’s Centre

Kenya

Adventure Castle

London

Courtyard Arts

 

Wheatcroft School

Greece

South East Herts Scottish County Dancing Society

 

McMullen’s Dray Horses

 

Khalifeh Sisters

Palestine

Future Hope

 

St John Ambulance

 n/a

Police Car

 n/a

 

Stalls in the grounds of Hertford Castle

From 11.30am - 5.30pm on Carnival Day there were stalls and refreshments in the packed grounds of Hertford Castle.

There was a heavy demand for pitches.  Preference for stall applicants was given to Hertford-based applicants, and favourable rates were given to local businesses and/or charities.  Those who could offer an international twist – as per our ‘Festival of Nations’ theme - were particularly welcomed.  Other stalls were simply crowd-pleasing favourites!

Photos of the stalls are here;

  • The Castle grounds bustled on Carnival day (photo David Sartin) The Castle grounds bustled on Carnival day (photo David Sartin)
  • Sainsburys were a key sponsor and one of the many stalls (photo Steve Beeston) Sainsburys were a key sponsor and one of the many stalls (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The facepainting was popular as always (photo Steve Beeston) The facepainting was popular as always (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Exotic dress from Kolourful Palestine (Migo photography) Exotic dress from Kolourful Palestine (Migo photography)
  • Paint me up (photo Steve Beeston) Paint me up (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wheeeeee (photo Steve Beeston)! Wheeeeee (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Walking on water (photo Steve Beeston) Walking on water (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Ready, aim, fire (photo Steve Beeston) Ready, aim, fire (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Colourful craft (photo Steve Beeston) Colourful craft (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Perhaps not EVERYONE enjoyed the day (photo Steve Beeston)! Perhaps not EVERYONE enjoyed the day (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • All aboard (photo Steve Beeston)! All aboard (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Hula-hooping (photo Steve Beeston) Hula-hooping (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Man intent on a prize (photo Steve Beeston)! Man intent on a prize (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Camera club stall (photo Steve Beeston) Camera club stall (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Finding a good read to end a good day (photo Sean Russell) Finding a good read to end a good day (photo Sean Russell)
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

There were over fifty stalls, with the list of exhibitors as follows;

2nd Bengeo Guides

 Inca Design Jewellery

2nd Bengeo Scouts

Independent Phoenix Traders

Bowman’s Children’s Rides

Jo Jingles

Castle Kingdom

Kisses4Kids Charity

Celtic Harmony Camp

Kolourful Palestine

Clair’s Cakes

Legend Tennis Club

Costco Wholesale

Life Fire Brigade

Eat Drink Ideas

Lion’s Club of Hertford

East Herts Council Waste Services

Mr Simms Sweets

Ebony Majorettes

Riversmead Housing Association (see Sponsors)

EdcuAid

Royal Marines Association

Everyone Active (see Sponsors)

Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs of Hertford

Friends of Evron & Wildeshausen

Sainsbury’s (see Sponsors)

Guide Dogs for the Blind


SAD Cat Rescue

Hertford & District Camera Club

Saloon Hotels & Bars Ltd

Hertford & District Royal Air Force Association


St Andrew’s Church

Hertford & Ware Bee Keepers

St Joseph’s Primary School

Hertford & Ware Crime Prevention Panel

The Bag Ladies

Hertford Gymnastics

Velorax Ltd

Hertford Football Club

Vos Designs Ltd/Ritzy Fashion Accessories

Hertford Museum

What’s Got 3

Hertford Tourist & Information Centre

Young Life (see Beneficiaries)

Hertford Toy Library (see Beneficiaries)

Webb Enterprises Ltd

Herts Aid

Mr Whippy Icecreams

Herts Building & Preservation Trust

Wonderful Things Face Painting

Herts Water Walkers

 


Feedback from pitch-holders

According to a survey we conducted of the pitch-holders afterwards, having a stall at Hertford carnival was definitely useful for promoting their organisations and/or selling goods. Favourable comments included;

Suggestions for how we might improve were taken on board (although some suggestions are unfortunately not possible and/or were personal preferences that might not suit all). These were;

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Arena entertainment at Hertford Castle

From 11.30am - 5.30pm on Carnival Day there was entertainment, including arena events, in the packed grounds of Hertford Castle. 

Groups or individuals were encouraged to perform in the arena on the lawn in front of the Castle, with preference being given to local participants, especially those who could bring an international ‘Festival of Nations’ flavour to the proceedings! 

Photos of these events are here;

  • The Wildeshausen band warming up the crowd (photo David Sartin) The Wildeshausen band warming up the crowd (photo David Sartin)
  • The Mayor and the Court declaring the Carnival officially open (photo Steve Beeston)! The Mayor and the Court declaring the Carnival officially open (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Everyone Active's very energetic Zumba session (photo Steve Beeston) Everyone Active's very energetic Zumba session (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Celtic Harmony's impressive bird display (photo Steve Beeston) Celtic Harmony's impressive bird display (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wildeshausen performed throughout the day (photo Sean Russell) Wildeshausen performed throughout the day (photo Sean Russell)
  • The Court receiving their trophies from Mayor Jane Sartin and Mercury editor Gary Matthews (photo Steve Beeston) The Court receiving their trophies from Mayor Jane Sartin and Mercury editor Gary Matthews (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The Mayor meeting some of the crowd (photo Steve Beeston)! The Mayor meeting some of the crowd (photo Steve Beeston)!
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Events took place as follows;

11.30am-12.00pm Wildeshausen (Hertford's German twin) Band
12.00pm Opening of the Carnival by the Mayor of Hertford Cllr Jane Sartin, accompanied by the Carnival Princess and Attendants
12.05-12.45pm Everyone Active Zumba
1.00-1.15pm Stagecoach
1.30-1.45pm Celtic Harmony
(2.00-3.00pm Carnival)
3.00-3.15pm Bellybelles
3.30-3.45pm Al Ashbal Group
4.00-4.30pm Wildeshausen band
4.30-4.45 Prize giving (winning floats and Princess and Attendants) by Mark Prisk MP and Steve Cox from main sponsor Everyone Active 
5.00-5.20pm Celtic Harmony

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Other events on the day

Other events were carefully co-ordinated to take place throughout the town on Carnival day so that spectators could enjoy a town-wide extravaganza!

Funfair on Hartham
A funfair took place on Hartham from midday to 8pm.

Canal Barges on the River Lea
There was a display of barges on the River Lea.

Classic Cars at Hartham
There was a large display of vintage cars on display at Hartham.

Model Railway Day at the Museum
A special model railway exhibition took place in the afternoon at Hertford Museum, with teas also being offered in the garden. Around 700 people attended this exhibit alone!

Photos of these events are here;

  • Classic cars at Hartham (photo David James) Classic cars at Hartham (photo David James)
  • Classic cars at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston) Classic cars at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Classic cars at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston) Classic cars at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Funfair on Hartham (photo Steve Beeston) Funfair on Hartham (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Funfair on Hartham (photo Steve Beeston) Funfair on Hartham (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Police overseeing the action at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston) Police overseeing the action at Hartham (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Barges on the river (photo David James) Barges on the river (photo David James)
  • Barges on the river (photo David James) Barges on the river (photo David James)
  • Model railways at the Museum (photo Steve Beeston) Model railways at the Museum (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Model railways at the Museum (photo Steve Beeston) Model railways at the Museum (photo Steve Beeston)
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Open Churches Sunday at All Saints
All Saints’ Church in Queens Road was open to the public, providing refreshments and a moment of tranquillity from the bustle outside.

Hertford Symphony Orchestra Gala Concert at the Theatre
HSO put on a rousing Olympic-themed concert in the afternoon at the Theatre. The programme included anthems such as Ravel's Bolero (which accompanied Torvill and Dean's medal winning
performance), Chariots of Fire, Nessun Dorma and Jerusalem, and provided plenty of opportunity for flag waving!

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Miscellaneous

The committee provided a free park-and-ride service between Bengeo Nursery, Hartham, the Castle, and County Hall.  This was used to transport people between the extra car parks open for public use and the entertainment venues.

Programme were printed by a local company (Fingerprints design), sold in advance and on the day, and taken away as a souvenir!

First aiders were on hand during the day, with personnel taking part in the procession and manning a first-aid tent in the Castle grounds.

Participants and spectators stuck to Health & Safety guidelines and thus ensured a safe and enjoyable day for all.

Professional and amateur photographers took a variety of pictures during the day. A selection has been included on these archive pages, and across the website as a whole. Thank you if you sent us yours.

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Feedback

Numerous people contacted our email address and twitter page to comment on Carnival Day 2012. We were delighted to receive so many positive comments - it made the hard work and months of planning worthwhile!

Via Twitter;

Thanks to all of you who made the carnival so great! I had to promise the kids it won't be twelve years til the next one!

Great for Hertford - full of people, happy faces, having fun. Really good community spirit. Many thanks.

Really hope this revives the tradition. Let us know when you are recovered and have decided if you're doing one next year!

LOVED yesterday. Never seen so many people in Hertford! Well done to all involved!

You did Hertford proud on Sunday. Fantastic time had by all.

Fantastic day and great atmosphere. Well done to all the organisers and those who took part.

Fantastic fun yesterday. Thanks to all who organised it. Looking forward to the next one :-)

Well done for great event. Know from experience how much hard work is involved. Huge benefit to town centre.

Good carnival. Best I have been to this year. Nice parade, could have done with more badgers though(!).

Great job. Fantastic procession! Just like the days when the carnival was at its best.

It was a lovely day and I got to do some hula hooping too, with the excuse of having my toddler next to me!

Excellent day! Can you it all again next year?

Well done to Hertford Carnival, Hertford Museum, Hertford Town Council, Hertford Police. Thanks for a fantastic day enjoyed by everyone.

Great carnival - well done. Roll on next year.

Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

Via our email address;

Hi. I felt compelled to write and say a big thank you for being brave enough to take a risk on Hertford Carnival. I remember the last one ten years ago and you surpassed that. I'm so glad so many people turned out for the event and well done to all that took part. It was awesome! Already looking forward to next year's.

Thank you for organising a great day. We had a great time.  

Other;

Via the Mayor's blog; Everyone I have spoken to have raved about the Carnival and I am to pass on the message that they want to see it again next year!

Comment from the Mayor, who herself played a huge part in the planning and day; Congratulations on the success!

The Tourist Information Centre in the town also received lots of (verbal) positive feedback.

Comment on the Mercury slideshow; Great effort from Hertford Town Council and all other parties involved in putting together such a colourful and varied Carnival. A well deserved, large attendance, of mums, dads and grandparents, will be hoping there is no repeat 12 years absence as the young ones so enjoyed it. The smile on the new Mayor was a picture and well deserved.

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For the successful return of Hertford Carnival!

Thank you to everyone who came and participated ... And there were many!


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