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Sunday, July 8, 2012
IT was a scene of showers and smiles as carnival floats cascaded through the village of Martham on Sunday.
Despite the heavy rain, hundreds of people went to the two-day Martham carnival, which was raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).
Classic cars lined the village and games and attractions were held on the village green.
TS Fearless kick-started the procession and carnival queen, Jorden Tennant, smiled and waved at the spectators from the back of a lifeboat.
It was a special day for the nine-year-old who has recently spent four months in a wheelchair after being the victim of a hit-and-run accident in the village last December.
She said: “It was spitting with rain a bit but everyone had fun. We had a look at all of the floats and then we were part of the carnival procession.
“It was quite scary when everyone was looking at me.”
Her mum, Theresa, said: “We are very proud of her.
“Martham is a lovely village and everyone is really friendly.”
Penny Yeates, who helped to organise the event, said: “I have been involved with the carnival for 42 years and it has only rained four times.
“I think everyone has had a good time.
“We are hoping to raise around £1,500 for EACH.”
Jamie McGarrity, also on the organising committee, added: “There was a good turnout - people have come from all over. It’s great to see so many people supporting the carnival.”
Mayor Colleen Walker said: “I had a wonderful day, despite the weather. Everyone really made the most of it and has shown good community spirit.”