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Pulham Market Carnival reaches for the stars on its 51st year





Pulham Market Carnival took characters from animated cartoons and film to celebrate its 51st year on Saturday.

Floats of all types started from Julian Way and went around The Green after being judged by well-known Norfolk artist Ruddy Muddy.

Prizes were given to some of the the highly creative ones, with CTS DIY and Building Supplies winning the adult float category with their take on Wizard of Oz.

CTS, winners of the adult float, get their hands on the trophy. Picture: Mark Bullimore
CTS, winners of the adult float, get their hands on the trophy. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The Gruffalo meeting some fans. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The Gruffalo meeting some fans. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Tribe ALL Fitness during their display. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Tribe ALL Fitness during their display. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Breckland Brass Band playing at the carnival. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Breckland Brass Band playing at the carnival. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Pulham Market Church as Shaun the Sheep. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Pulham Market Church as Shaun the Sheep. Picture: Mark Bullimore
CTS DIY and Building Supplies. Picture: Mark Bullimore
CTS DIY and Building Supplies. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The float of Robert Mitchell Builders. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The float of Robert Mitchell Builders. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Courtesy of their Shaun the Sheep float, St Mary Magdalene Church won the children’s award, while Pulham Youth Group took home the walking float prize.

Sarah Vaness, from the carnival committee, said: “The event went really well. Even though it was incredibly hot, people still lined the carnival route to support it and it was a good turnout.

“The groups pulled out all the stops for their floats and put in a huge amount of work, making this another special village event.”

Members of Pulham Players. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Pulham Players. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Youth Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Youth Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Pulham Market Church and Messy Church as Shaun the Sheep. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Pulham Market Church and Messy Church as Shaun the Sheep. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Primary School’s float. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Pulham Primary School’s float. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Reverend Carl Melville who officially opened the carnival. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Reverend Carl Melville who officially opened the carnival. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Tribe ALL Fitness. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Members of Tribe ALL Fitness. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Carnival judge Ruddy Muddy. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Carnival judge Ruddy Muddy. Picture: Mark Bullimore

New village rector Carl Melville, who is also one of the new landlords of The Falcon pub, opened the fete, declaring in his speech that it was ‘National buy a Priest a Beer Day’.

Activities on The Green included a number of stalls, a display from Tribe All Fitness, a live van painting from Ruddy Muddy and some traditional carnival games.

Sarah said: “Thank you to all who supported the carnival. It is a dying tradition and an achievement for the village to have done this for 51 years.

“The committee would welcome any new members to help with organising and running next year’s event – these make Pulham Market a unique place and can only continue if people support it.”



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