Delighted carnival crowds give generously on ‘night of a thousand stars’
THOUSANDS of people packed the streets of Wells for what organisers have hailed as the city’s best carnival.
On a crisp, clear November night, spectators were dazzled by a stunning line-up of entries.
The only problem came when the Shambles cart became stuck after sandbags placed in the gully to help carts turn from Sadler Street into High Street gave way. The procession was halted for several minutes while it was freed by road crew, police and carnival marshals with the help of a Frost Rescue tow truck.
Martin Coppell, Wells Carnival’s chairman and chief marshal, said: “It was a night of a thousand stars in Wells on Friday night. The crowd were treated to the best carnival this year. The weather was great and our collection looks massively up on last year.”
For the first time this year, merchandise was being sold by official sellers to try to combat the problem of pedlars using the event to make money for themselves. Martin said that the PTAs from St Cuthbert’s Infants and Stoberry Park schools sold more than £1,300 of ‘totally awesome toys’.
He added: “I would like to thank all the judges and marshals from around the county and beyond for all their help, and not forgetting all the entries – they were fantastic.”
The presentation night will be held next February.
• Pictures, from top: Mendip Vale CC members; the Globe cart; the Gorgons cart; the Mendip Vale cart; and the Cobra cart