Crowborough’s annual Carnival took place yesterday (Saturday 14th). This was the 71st year the celebrations have taken place since Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival Society reformed after World War II.
During the afternoon the fete took place on Chapel Green. Entertainment was provided by Warbleton Brass Band, Jewel Perming Arts and Jimmy the Juggling Jester.
The Children’s Fancy Dress Competition also took place in the arena, culminating in the awarding of the President’s Challenge Cup to the boys and girls with the best homemade costume.
Winners of the Boys and Girls President’s Cup:
Carnival evening began with the judging of the Adult Fancy Dress Competition. The Bonfire Society laid a wreath at the War Memorial, before the Carnival Royalty were crowned by Mr Jim Cro, who runs W.E Cro & Sons. The jewellers have been a long-term sponsor of the Carnival. Lizzie-Beth Steen was the Princess and her older brother Thomas the Carnival Pageboy. There was also a speech by the Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr Greg Rose.
The visiting societies, Lewes Glynde & Beddingham Brass band, Bloco Fogo Samba Band, carnival floats and walking tableaux then gathered on Church Road in preparation for the parade around town.
As the procession made its way back to Chapel Green at the end of the evening for the lighting of the bonfire, the slogan “Come Back Guy Fawkes” was revealed to the assembled crowds.
The charities which will benefit from the street collection this year are:
- Hospice in the Weald
- 1st Crowborough Scout Group
- Jarvis Brook Memorial Hall
- Clued-up Info Shop
Video of the Bonfire at Crowborough Carnival: