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The show must go on as Pulham Market Carnival pays tribute





The 50th annual Pulham Market Carnival took place last weekend with a fitting tribute.

Floats took on this year’s theme, chosen by a Facebook poll months before, of kings and queens.

Carnival fans lined the streets as the procession started from Julian Way and went around The Green, before the event was opened by former BBC Look East presenter Stewart White.

Pulham Primary School and their Queen Bee float.
Pulham Primary School and their Queen Bee float.
Pulham Players with their 'Kings and and Queens of Rock float. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Players with their 'Kings and and Queens of Rock float. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
David and Goliath was the theme for Pulham Market church's float. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
David and Goliath was the theme for Pulham Market church's float. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Charlie and Harry Hubbard. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Charlie and Harry Hubbard. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
The Pulham Market Carnival returned with the theme of 'Kings and Queens'. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
The Pulham Market Carnival returned with the theme of 'Kings and Queens'. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Former BBC Look East presenter Stewart White opening the carnival.
Former BBC Look East presenter Stewart White opening the carnival.
Members of the Breckland Brass Band. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Members of the Breckland Brass Band. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Even Elvis came to the carnival. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Even Elvis came to the carnival. Pictures: Mark Bullimore

Carnival committee member Sarah Vaness said: “It was such a successful day. Lots of people came out to celebrate, which was lovely.

“Obviously it was a difficult decision to go ahead and there had been a lot of consideration under the circumstances, but, after talking to the likes of stallholders and float makers, the general feeling was that it was a fitting thing to do.”

Once the carnival was opened, Mr White held a minute’s silence for Her Majesty, followed by the National Anthem, which was played by Breckland Brass Band.

Pulham Players pull out all the stops to rock with the likes of Bowie, Tina Turner and Elvis. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Players pull out all the stops to rock with the likes of Bowie, Tina Turner and Elvis. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Everyone was buzzing to be part of the carnival. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Everyone was buzzing to be part of the carnival. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Staff and family members of CTS DIY and Building Supplies who won the adult float category.
Staff and family members of CTS DIY and Building Supplies who won the adult float category.

Prizes were given out to the highly creative floats, with CTS DIY and Building Supplies winning the adult float category with its Queen of Egypt design.

Pulham Primary School won the children’s float award with its ‘Queen Bees’ creation and The Pennoyer Book Club took the walking float prize.

Sarah said: “Many villages lost their carnivals decades ago, so it is important to keep this going. We work so hard to bring the carnival and hope people turn up on the day and Pulham never disappoints.

“Pulham is a very special village with a real community feel and this is one event that shows that.”



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