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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dalton Carnival

THE tranquil streets of Dalton came alive with music, colour and dance on Saturday as the carnival came to town.

Weeks of townsfolk praying for good weather paid off as the sun shone brightly on hundreds of spectators who had lined the streets to watch the fun.

The parade, which saw 81 different dance troupes, charities, bands and entertainers taking part, kicked off at Tudor Square at 1pm.

Within minutes, not a patch of pavement could be seen beneath the sea of colourful costumes and brightly decorated floats.

Dalton Town Band and St Andrew’s Pipe Band were slotted in between dancing troupes to provide musical frivolities.

And bags of community spirit were on display as generous spectators donating cash to a whole host of local worthy causes, including the town’s junior football and rugby teams.

Some young dancers could not wait to perform for the crowds and burst into impromptu routines as they walked on the route. Old and young moved side-by-side and tots taking part in the procession were wheeled along in prams, some falling asleep in carnival attire under the hot sun.

Despite suffering from a sore throat on the day, Dalton Carnival Queen Sophie Clark, 13, soldiered on and smiled and waved at revellers as her float passed the crowds.

She said: “It has been a brilliant day but I can’t talk much because my throat is sore, so I have just been smiling at everyone. I have really enjoyed it though.”

Ladies-in-waiting Sophie Warwick and Melaina White, both 12, sat at their queen’s side.

Melaina said: “We have had such a lovely day. It makes you feel really good being on the float.

“We’re all wearing dresses which were specially made for us and we get to keep them. It’s great that it has been sunny, too.”

Dalton mayor Liz Young said: “The procession was wonderful. It was so bright and colourful and the weather was absolutely glorious. It has been one of the best parade’s we have ever had in Dalton.

“I had a bit of a panic in the morning because the carnival queen’s float was not decorated, but we managed to sort that out and everything ran very smoothly.

“It was fantastic to see so many different groups taking part.”

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