Sheringham churches' carnival success
2012 : Sheringham Churches Together carnival float took a prize in the recent Sheringham carnival. Tony Rothe reports.
Volunteers from the churches in Sheringham worked late the night before the carnival to construct and paint a medieval castle, complete with dragon, costumes, horses, crowns, and an Excalibur-style sword in a rock.
A sharp sudden rain shower on the day as they floats assembled before the parade failed to dampen spirits, and the rain held off during the procession, when an assortment of knights and damsels distributed sweets, crowns and leaflets to the cheering crowds.
A fearsome dragon, knights on horseback, and even a dubious nun completed the line-up, and the slogan “Jesus is the King of our Castle” was prominently displayed on each side of the castle. The float took second prize in the “children and youth” category of the parade.
“Getting a prize is just the icing on the cake really” said one of the knights whilst fending off the dragon. “The real success of the afternoon is having an opportunity to engage with the community, and to publicise the forthcoming ‘BeachLife’ youth and children’s activity week.”
This year’s success follows a first prize in last year’s carnival when the Sheringham churches’ float was a pirate ship.