|Tots Romp to Victory at Helmdon
The warm bank holiday weather brought more than 2000 people
to this year's Helmdon Carnival.
The theme for the carnival procession was pub signs, and six
organisations from the village had floats in the carnival,
including the WI, Helmdon Fellowship and Acorn's Pre-school.
The procession made its way along the main road from Manor
Farm to the sports field, fronted by the 18-strong Army Cadet
Band from the Gibraltar Barracks in Northampton.
David Amson, of Wappenham Road, Helmdon, said:" I watch the
carnival every year. It's a lovely event".
Gary Trinder, of Bell Close, said: "It's absolutely fantastic
for a little village. We have got young people, old people,
everyone involved in it."
Reg Jeacock, aged 88, the oldest man in the village, and former
landlord of the Chequers Inn, was responsible for judging
the carnival floats and picked the Acorns Pre-school 's float
as the winner.
He said: "The standard this year is very good and all the
years I can remember the floats have been quite up to standard."
The float was based on the pub sign, The Old Oak and pre-school
committee members Ann Lester and Sarah Stubbs dressed up as
various animals, together with 13 three to four-year-olds.
It was the second time in a row that the pre-school was judged
as the best float. Mrs Lester said: "We're getting good at
it now - it's wonderful to win again. The children enjoy it
Other events included archery, clay pigeon shooting, pony
rides, a bouncy castle, a dog display by Northants dog training
and a raffle, with the top prize, a weekend for two in a continental
city, donated by Jeff's Coaches.
The Banbury Guardian - 3rd September 1998