VIDEO: Bognor Carnival 2018 '˜the best one yet'

'˜I think it was the best one yet', that is how one of the organisers summed up Saturday's carnival in Bognor Regis.

Tuesday, 12th June 2018, 6:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:46 pm
DM1861742a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. Razzamataz Theartre Schools. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144451008
DM1861742a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. Razzamataz Theartre Schools. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144451008

Committee member Sarah Boote-Cook added: “It was brilliant, it was hot and sunny, the seafront was packed and we had no issues at all.

“It was just lots of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

“I have already got people asking what the theme is for next year.”

DM1861796a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. Poppy Bailey, left and Bronwen Dixie. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144535008

That is set to be revealed after next week’s wrap-up meeting, with Sarah only revealing that if the idea she has goes ahead it could see the event be ‘something quite different’.

Awards on the day included Melanie Harris, wife of Erik Jack, the late carnival chairman, presenting the memorial cup in his honour to the most colourful entry, which went to Chestnuts Day Centre.

Speaking about the cup, Sarah said: “I think everyone was really touched.

“It will be an ongoing thing. We really missed Erik this year but I think he would have been really proud of how it went.

DM1861730a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. Chestnuts Day Centre. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144440008

“It is very much a community thing.”

The class A ‘mixed bunch’ category went to: 1st Girl Guiding Bognor Regis and 2nd Prize St Wilfreds Church

Class B ‘local national trade’ went to: 1st Arun Arts/ Alexandra Theatre and 2nd SpecSavers Bognor Regis.

Class C ‘juvenile group/ schools’: 1st South Bersted School and 2nd Razzamataz.

DM1861806a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. (From left) Jess Hodgson, 15, Evania Woolnough 14 and Polly Gailer 13. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144545008

Class D ‘senior group’: 1st Laburnum Centre/Age UK and 2nd Chestsnuts Day Centre.

In the Class E ‘best walking entry’ first prize went to the visiting Ryde Carnival Team and second was claimed by Sarah’s daughter Gabrielle Boote-Cook, for her Chitty Chitty Bang Bang entry, something Sarah said made her ‘very proud’.

The overall parade winner for 2018 was named as Laburnum Centre/Age Concern.

DM1861714a.jpg. Bognor Regis carnival 2018. Bognor swimming club. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-181006-144419008