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12th November 2017

Hatherleigh Carnival 2017
(or most of it)

A drizzly day all round but a decent crowd came to see the procession, particularly the crepe paper floats. The procession was organized tightly and seemed to be over inside one hour - which surprised us.

Here are a few shots to give you a flavour of the event. There will be more image at or near the Hatherleigh Carnival web site. Or follow them on Facebook. Why not come next year and join in the fun. There's lots more to enjoy, including the Hunt Meet, Town Criers, Children's procession and Fancy Dress during the afternoon and of course the evening procession. And many local carnivals and clubs support the event so there's plenty to see in the procession, with up to 30 or more floats taking part. For hardy types the morning Tar Barrels run at 5am - not to be missed actually. The evening barrels happen after the procession is over. There are usually bands on both evenings too, in the Square.


Pulling the barrels up the hill on Friday evening ...


A hundred or more children helped with the chore!


The Rob and Dave Philharmonic Orchestra put on a blistering show afterwards


Christy, in full flight

Eat the Rich let revellers jig Friday night away


The 5am barrel pull. These barrels were the biggest for a decade or more.


In the assembly area on Saturday evening


An effective way to escape the world ... with no pollution either.


Look out - he'll be after your pieces of eight


No caption needed

Pinball wizard




And then on to the evening procession


A frame of flaming torches always leads

More than 20 other floats followed the above but we don't have space for them here. Come again next year! It'll be on the 2nd Saturday in November as usual.

These are just a representative sample of the many images taken over the weekend by Geoff Hodgkinson.


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