Hatherleigh Carnival in the pink

Swan Lake. Picture by Paul Hamlyn.

Hatherleigh was the place to be last Saturday for the annual town carnival which started in darkness at 5am with the first run of the burning tar barrels from Oakfield Road via Market Street, High Street, Bridge Street to the Market. This was followed at a more civilised time of the 11am Hunt meet.

That evening the main procession took place with Demelza Brock as the Carnival Queen.

The 12 year old Okehampton College student has taken part in the carnival since the she was a baby and her float was in memory of her Grandmother Marie Daniel and her late brother Joshua. Demelza’s chosen charity is Cancer Research UK Kids. The prince and princess this year were Joshua Anstey, aged four and Sophie King, aged five.

There was a surprise reappearance and welcome homecoming for Elizabeth, the life sized pink elephant who was reported stolen two weeks ago. An extensive police search followed with an APEB (All Pink Elephants Bulletin) spread across the county.

A number of large pink footprints were seen in the Hatherleigh area suggesting that Elizabeth had not been too far, although it’s still a mystery. Her relieved keeper Amy Law from the Made Well Centre said “We are just glad to have her home!”

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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