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Carnival Day 2013

Sunday 23 June saw the return of the Hertford Carnival. Participants, businesses and volunteers all played their part in ensuring the new carnival went with a bang for the second year in a row!

As well as the traditional procession through the town, entertainment and stalls took place on Hartham, with other events scattered throughout the town.

The people of Hertford turned out in droves to make Carnival 2013 a success.  On the procession route, the crowd was ten deep in places, and Hartham was full of people enjoying the stalls, refreshments and entertainment.  Attendance was estimated at well over 5,000 people.  

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;
The Mercury's slideshow of the day - 27 images, 23 June 2013
Hertford net's slideshow of the day - 25 June 13

 

The Opening

The Carnival was formally opened by the President of Hertford Rotary Club, Brian Warburton (see Organisers), at midday on Hartham.

Mr Warburton gave an opening speech before declaring the Carnival 'Open!'.

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Theme

The theme of the Carnival 2013 day was 'CARTOON CHARACTERS', and procession entries, stall-holders and performers were all encouraged to follow this.

Why did the committee choose cartoon characters? - simply so the people of Hertford could have some good, old-fashioned fun!

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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 2013 were Mudlarks and Future Hope; click here for more details of the charities. Over £4000 was raised for them, thanks to people's generosity!

The charities are also shown below taking part in Carnival Day 2013 (see the procession and winners slideshows).

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Carnival court

The Carnival court, who were an integral part of the day, consisted of princess Alice Webb and her two attendants, Lacey-Bree Elliott and Charlotte Smith. 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 photos.

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The Procession

Over twenty floats and groups lined up to parade through Hertford on Carnival day 2013!

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 ‘Cartoon Characters’ theme, either by adopting a character or group of characters to represent, and by any means desired (costumes, music, dance, by dressing as characters in a film or book, and/or by acting as them too!). As a result, some colourful, playful, good-natured scenes came to the streets of Hertford on Carnival day!

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 organisers - Hertford Rotary - getting in the swing of things! The Carnival organisers - Hertford Rotary - getting in the swing of things!
  • Mayor Tricia Moore and mayoral companion, her granddaughter Ayla Mayor Tricia Moore and mayoral companion, her granddaughter Ayla
  • Du nu nu nu nu nu Batman! Du nu nu nu nu nu Batman!
  • The local police were on-hand to oversee things The local police were on-hand to oversee things
  • A pirate A pirate
  • All at sea All at sea
  • Aye aye cap'n Aye aye cap'n
  • Police riders Police riders
  • Off to the footie Off to the footie
  • Stewards organising the procession Stewards organising the procession
  • Tiny dogs Tiny dogs
  • Boys in blue Boys in blue
  • Police quads Police quads
  • Fire! Fire!
  • Marching to music Marching to music
  • Festive dancers Festive dancers
  • Some entries were giant Some entries were giant
  • The Carnival Court; Alice, Lacey-Bree and Charlotte The Carnival Court; Alice, Lacey-Bree and Charlotte
  • Quick march! Quick march!
  • The Mayor's car and the Carnival court turning into Cowbridge The Mayor's car and the Carnival court turning into Cowbridge
  • Town Clerk, Sergeants-at-Mace and Stave Bearers in ornamental robes Town Clerk, Sergeants-at-Mace and Stave Bearers in ornamental robes
  • Small gymnasts, big acrobatics Small gymnasts, big acrobatics
  • Cartoons at two Cartoons at two
  • Sailing through the procession Sailing through the procession
  • Asterix comes to Hertford Asterix comes to Hertford
  • Representing the three linked towns of Hertford, Evron and Wildeshausen Representing the three linked towns of Hertford, Evron and Wildeshausen
  • The Wildeshausen marching band The Wildeshausen marching band
  • Looking for water Looking for water
     

(All photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

The procession left Mead Lane industrial estate 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;

  • Herts Girl Guiding won their prize for best youth group with their 101 Dalmatians entry Herts Girl Guiding won their prize for best youth group with their 101 Dalmatians entry
  • Cruella comes to Hertford! Cruella comes to Hertford!
  • Members of Herts Girl Guiding receive their prize from MP Mark Prisk Members of Herts Girl Guiding receive their prize from MP Mark Prisk
  • For the second year running, Mudlarks won the prize for best non profit making group For the second year running, Mudlarks won the prize for best non profit making group
  •  Mad Hatters Mad Hatters
  • Kings and teacups Kings and teacups
  • Feeling blue Feeling blue
  • Mudlarks receiving their trophy in the arena Mudlarks receiving their trophy in the arena
  • For the second year running, McMullens and their dray horses won the prize for best commercial entry For the second year running, McMullens and their dray horses won the prize for best commercial entry
  • The McMullen drays outside the old brewery building The McMullen drays outside the old brewery building
     
 
(All photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Floats were judged by independent adjudicators - including the Rotary president Brian Warburton and the Mayor Tricia Moore - just prior to the commencement of 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 on Hartham (see arena).

The procession participants were as follows; 

Health & Safety Officer 
LIFE Fire engine
Police Officer Group –quad bike and cyclists
St John’s Ambulance  

Rotary Float (see Organisers)
Future Hope Bus (see Beneficiary)
Mudlarks Community (walkers) (see Beneficiary and winners)

Hertford Holly Morris Dancers (dancing troupe)
Wildeshausen Marching Band 
McMullen’s Dray Horses - Suffolk Punch Team (see winners)

Hertford Carnival Princess & Attendants
The Mayor of Hertford's car, with Town Clerk, Sergeants-at-Mace and Stave Bearers in ornamental robes

Giants (made and accompanied by local schools)
Kisses 4 Kids (van) 
Jo Jingles (car) 
Bury Rangers Football Club
Hertford Gymnastics 

Bengeo School Parents’ Association - 101 Dalmatians (walkers) 
Churchfields Kindergarten Pre School

Band of the Air Training Corps Ware
Stevenage Air Cadets

Hertford District Girl Guiding (see winners)
Hertford Museum
Adventure Castle 
Hertford Street Pastors

Many favourites from 2012 came back, and new entries took part too!

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Stalls on Hartham

From 12 - 6pm on Carnival Day there were stalls and refreshments in the packed grounds of Hartham.

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 cartoon style – as per our theme - were particularly welcomed.  Other stalls were simply crowd-pleasing favourites!

Photos of the stalls are here;

  • Mayor Tricia Moore and a knight in shining armour Mayor Tricia Moore and a knight in shining armour
  • Food demonstration by Sainsburys, one of the sponsors Food demonstration by Sainsburys, one of the sponsors
  • Bee happy Bee happy
  • A view of the fair A view of the fair
  • Another cheesy photo Another cheesy photo
  • Yes sir no sir! Yes sir no sir!
  • There was plenty of entertainment for children There was plenty of entertainment for children
  • Busy bees Busy bees
  • My lady My lady
  • There were over 70 stalls on offer There were over 70 stalls on offer
  • Hooking a duck Hooking a duck
  • Another sponsor's stall, this time Barratt Homes Another sponsor's stall, this time Barratt Homes
  • The book stall was popular as always The book stall was popular as always
  • Yum, dinner Yum, dinner
  • Goodies Goodies
  • Lord and Ladies of the Realm (Mayor Tricia Moore and Knight's Property Management) Lord and Ladies of the Realm (Mayor Tricia Moore and Knight's Property Management)
  • Girl intent on a prize Girl intent on a prize
  • Enjoying the afternoon Enjoying the afternoon
  • Wood-fired pizza Wood-fired pizza
  • Overseeing the fun ... And sampling the snacks! Overseeing the fun ... And sampling the snacks!
     
 
(All photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

There were over seventy stalls - an increase of twenty on 2012! - with the list of exhibitors as follows;

2nd Bengeo Guides

Hertford Toy Library 

2nd Bengeo Scouts

Immaculate Confections

Artisan Deli

Inner Wheel Club of Hertford

Artshed Arts & Craft Centre

Inkas Crafts

B Dazzled 

Jo Jingles 

Beer Tent

Knight Property Management

Bury Rangers Football Club   

Kingsmead PreSchool

Churchfields Kindergarten Pre School

Kisses 4 Kids 

Circles Montessori Nurseries

Legends Tennis Academy

Clair’s Cakes

Lions Club of Hertford 

Costco

Macmillans Cancer Support

Crepe Heaven

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

East Herts District Council

Mudlarks (see Beneficiary)

Everyone Active

Petruccis Wood Fired Pizza

Encephalitis Society

Phoenix Trading 

Friends of Evron and Wildeshausen

Prior Knowledge

Forever Living Products

Riversmead Housing Association (see Sponsors)

Future Hope (see Beneficiary)

Royal Marines Association 

Guide Dogs for the Blind 

RSPB

Helping Charity 

SAD Cat Rescue

Herts & Crafts

Sainsbury’s (Cookery Demonstration) (see Sponsors)

Hertford & District Bee Keeping Association

Samaritans

Hertford & District Camera Club

Scoops Home made Ice Cream

Hertford & District Royal Air Force Association

Smoothieride smoothies

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society

Herts & Ware Crime Prevention Panel

Spice Shack 

Herts and Ware Sea Cadets

St Andrews Church

Herts Building & Preservation Trust 

St John's Ambulance (FIRST AID)

Herts District Girl Guiding 

Today Onwards (crime prevention)

Hertford District Labour Party

Toni & Guy hairdressers

Hertford Holly Morris Dancers

Transition Hertford

Hertfordshire Mercury

Watton Wheelers cycle club

Hertford Tourist & Information Centre 

Which (see Sponsors)

Hertford Town Youth FC

Woody’s Playbarn

Again, many favourites from 2012 returned, and many new stalls took the opportunity of increased space at Hartham to join in Carnival 2013.

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Arena entertainment on Hartham

From 12 - 6pm on Carnival Day there was entertainment, including arena events, in the packed grounds of Hartham. 

Groups or individuals were encouraged to perform in the arena, with preference being given to local participants, especially those who could bring a cartoon flavour to the proceedings! 

Photos of these events are here;

  • Walkern teen Roxy Searle (photo Steve Beeston) Walkern teen Roxy Searle (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Members of Herts Girl Guiding receiving their best procession award from MP Mark Prisk (photo Steve Beeston) Members of Herts Girl Guiding receiving their best procession award from MP Mark Prisk (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Lots of talented singers took part in 2013 (photo Steve Beeston) Lots of talented singers took part in 2013 (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Singing for their supper (photo Steve Beeston)! Singing for their supper (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Talented bands took part too (photo Steve Beeston) Talented bands took part too (photo Steve Beeston)
  • South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society (photo Jane Sartin) South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society (photo Jane Sartin)
  • The Wildeshausen band (photo Steve Beeston) The Wildeshausen band (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Roxy Searle (photo Steve Beeston) Roxy Searle (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Lots of singing (photo Steve Beeston)! Lots of singing (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Mudlarks receiving their best procession award (photo Steve Beeston) Mudlarks receiving their best procession award (photo Steve Beeston)
     
 
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Performers were;

Wildeshausen Band (11.30am set)
Just Jhoom
Ukabilly Band
Roxy Searle (singer)
South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society
Fusion (local harmony singing group)
Zumba dance display by Everyone Active
Presentation of procession prizes by Mark Prisk MP

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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 were decorated barges cruising on the River Lea.

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

Photos of these events are here;

  • Brave people on the funfair (photo Steve Beeston) Brave people on the funfair (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Classic cars on Hartham (photo Jane Sartin) Classic cars on Hartham (photo Jane Sartin)
  • Faces of fear (photo Steve Beeston) Faces of fear (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wheeee (photo Steve Beeston)! Wheeee (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Hertford Town Youth FC's Batboat (photo Jane Sartin) Hertford Town Youth FC's Batboat (photo Jane Sartin)
     
(Steve Beeston photos courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Model Railway Day at the Museum
A special model railway exhibition took place in the afternoon at Hertford Museum, with teas served in the garden.

Open Churches Sunday
Most of the churches in town were 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 ‘Showtime’ set in the evening at the Theatre, showcasing all-time classics from the world of Music Theatre. Soloists were Tom Veasey and Claire-Marie Hall.

Trevor Chamberlain art exhibition Waterford Saturday/Sunday
Prominent local artist Trevor Chamberlain held an exhibition and sale of small paintings at Waterford  Village Hall on the Saturday and Sunday.

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Miscellaneous

Programmes were printed locally, sold in advance and on the day, and taken away as a souvenir!programme

St John first aiders were on hand during the day, with personnel taking part in the procession and manning a stall on Hartham.

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 us verbally and via our email address and twitter page to comment on Carnival Day 2013. We were delighted to receive so many positive comments - it made the hard work and months of planning worthwhile!

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Three cheers...

For another successful year of Hertford Carnival!

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


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