A feast of fun in the summer sun


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

HUGE crowds turned out for the third Hope, Caergwrle and Abermorddu Carnival since its return in 2012.

The carnival had previously not been held for 20 years prior to its revival.

Residents were treated to glorious weather at the Willow playing fields in Hope as they enjoyed a range of entertainment including live music, a tug-of-war and martial arts displays.

There was also a medieval jousting re-enactment and a variety of stalls.

The carnival was opened by Tom Hughes-Lloyd, a finalist in the Sky 1 talent show, Got To Dance.

The day began with a procession along Hope Street in Caergwrle before festivities officially got under way.

Organiser and Hope community councillor Lynn Davies said: “It took nearly a year to plan but it was well worth it. For months in advance people have been coming up to me and asking about it, which shows it is growing from strength to strength, it was right to bring it back.

“I was just so happy to see everybody have a really good time, the weather was perfect. It was a real community event, and while it brings families together, there was something for everyone on the day.

“We haven’t totted everything up yet, but ran out of entry wrist bands early on so there must have been thousands attending.”

Cllr Davies added: “There were so many nice things, everyone made a really big effort.

“One of my favourites was the African dancers workshop which the children loved but also the grown-ups who got really into it.

“There was also the circus skills in the middle of the field, the funfair and Matt the magician who was lovely with the children.

“I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, the support from individuals, local businesses and youth groups such as the scouts was tremendous.

“I’m looking forward to us sitting down in September and planning the next one.”

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