THE SUN SHINES ON AN EPIC PENARTH CARNIVAL DAY

The Samba Galez group danced their way through Penarth to the Pier in the carnival procession

The Samba Galez group danced their way through Penarth to the Pier in the carnival procession

Whilst much of the rest of Britain has been deluged with rain, thunder and lightning, the luck of Penarth  Summer Festival  held.

As the clouds rolled away, the sun came out and the crowds arrived in their thousands to enjoy the fun and excitement in the town, in the Kymin, on Cliff Walk and on the Esplanade and to enjoy the carnival procession wending its way through the town to the sea front.

Dame Shirley resumed sailings from Penarth Pier today

Dame Shirley resumed sailings from Penarth Pier today

At Penarth Pier, the big red pleasure vessel “Dame Shirley” was at last resuming  her programme of sailings from Penarth around Flatholm Island. The red tape and the technical delays are now behind her and there was a contingent of passengers waiting on the Pier for a trip around  Flatholm in balmy and absolute flat-calm conditions.

Town Crier Dave Horgan leads the Carnival procession to the Esplanade

Town Crier Dave Horgan leads the Carnival procession to the Esplanade

At the same time the Carnival procession – led by Town Crier Dave Horgan –  was wending its way down the sea front accompanied by a pipe band and scores of participating  Penarthians decked out in an imaginative array of costumes.

It was a tough call for the judges but the Conservative Club won the pub or club category and  the Festival Shield. The overall winner for single entry was Madeleine Hobbs  . The overall winner for group entries was  Penarth Library's team .The prizes were presented by the Mayor Cllr Martin Turner accompanied by Mayoress Mrs Dorothy Turner

It was a tough call for the judges but the Conservative Club won the pub or club category and the Festival Shield. The overall winner for single entry was Madeleine Hobbs . The overall winner for group entries was Penarth Library’s team .The prizes were presented by the Mayor Cllr Martin Turner accompanied by Mayoress Mrs Dorothy Turner

On Penarth Pier there was the revival of a time-honoured children’s entertainment tradition – a real Punch and Judy show which held its young audience spellbound.

The Punch and Judy show on Penarth Pier held children spellbound

The Punch and Judy show on Penarth Pier held children both spellbound and roaring laughter

The children had a great time enjoying real old-fashioned Victorian seaside entertianment

The children had a great time enjoying some real old-fashioned Victorian seaside entertainment

Meanwhile in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat-house on the Esplanade scores of children took the chance to sample what it’s like to be a member of a lifeboat crew .The RNLI’s Open Day ran from 10:00 until 17:00 .

Penarth RNLI's Laurie Pavlin tells future recruits that lifeboats go up and down a bit in rough seas

Penarth RNLI’s Laurie Pavlin tells future recruits that lifeboats go up and down a bit in rough seas. They didn’t seem too worried.

Another hit with the (slightly older) youngsters was the Scouts stand on the Esplanade

A rather intimidating climbing wall was erected outside  Windsor Court

A rather intimidating climbing wall was erected outside Windsor Court. The girls were the best climbers.

Here a large climbing wall had been erected – which proved especially popular with girls who proved more than a match for the boys in scaling the heights. There were safety ropes to ensure no one came to grief but it underscored the change that has taken place in the Scouting movement over recent years where there is now no gender discrimination at any level .

The RAF Falcons put on a spectacular display as they dropped from 6000 feet to touch down on the Cliff Top

The RAF Falcons put on a spectacular display as they dropped from 6000 feet to touch down on the Cliff Top

The RAF Falcon’s parachutists hit speeds of over 120 miles an hour as they left their aircraft – baling out at an altitude of around 6000 feet. They wear smoke canisters on their left ankles to trace their movements in the sky.  At the end of their display this afternoon they lined up on the golf course to receive rapturous applause from the crowd.

 

The RAF Tutor showing its paces off the sea front today

The RAF Tutor showing its paces off Penarth sea front today

Bringing the air show element of the show to a close was an enthralling  display by a solo RAF Tutor which performed a series of rolls, flips, stall turns and flew inverted before making a final low pass over the  sea front .

And as a finale came the traditional fireworks on Penarth Pier…

A festive fireworks finale on Penarth Pier tonight

A festive fireworks finale on Penarth Pier tonight

Penarth Pier wasn't actually on fire - but from a distance it certainly looked it.

Wreathed in smoke, Penarth Pier wasn’t actually on fire – but from a distance it certainly looked it.

Photos of Carnival Day by the distinguished local photographer Ben Salter can be seen on  https://www.facebook.com/ben.salter.56/media_set?set=a.516275515139656.1073741835.100002716350998&type=1

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5 Responses to THE SUN SHINES ON AN EPIC PENARTH CARNIVAL DAY

  1. Nain says:

    A really fab day. Only thing missing was the down hill race. Well done to all the organisers. Here’s to next year….

  2. Helen says:

    We didn’t stay as long this year as there was no downhill derby. Looking forward to its return next year!

  3. Was “Dr Who” there as well……………..
    Time travels.

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