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Hats off to a top time at festival

Malvern Editorial 16th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HUNDREDS of people ‘capped’ off the weekend by joining in the fun at this year’s Malvern Carnival and Hat Festival.

The event on Saturday (July 12) saw scores of visitors sporting hand crafted head-ware which were judged in two sets of competitions in Great Malvern and Barnards Green.

There were activities and entertainment in both areas throughout the day and the parade of hat wearers and floats between the two places provided the main attraction.

Organiser Jim Richardson expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped make this year’s event such a spectacle.

He said: “Thank you very much to everyone who took part in the parade, to the traders of Barnards Green and Great Malvern, to the stewards from Colwall Rotary Club, Malvern Rotary Club and Malvern Lions, the police, MHDC, Malvern Town Council and our sponsors, and finally to everyone who turned out to support the carnival both in Great Malvern and Barnards Green.

“Everyone contributed to making it such an enjoyable day with a very special atmosphere.”

While Jane Knowles of Just So, who helped co-ordinate activities in Barnards Green themed on Magical Carnival Capers, also showed her appreciation.

“We had a fantastic turnout on the day,” she said.

“It was a lovely community event with lots of fun and activities for everyone. We handed out eight ‘Best Hat’ prizes in the categories and had some wonderfully inventive entries. Thanks are due to all the traders who took part and worked so hard to make the day such a happy event.

“Thanks also due to Councillor Lucy Hodgson and Melanie Baker who had the hard task of judging the prizes.”

Money was raised on the day for Sunshine Children’s Centre in Malvern.

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