Bradley Stoke Carnival
Bradley Stoke Carnival last took place on Saturday the 26th of August 2017.
The event opened with the traditional Carnival Parade processing along Brook Way, led by the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums and with entries from the Bradley Stoke community including amongst others, a great entry from the Bradley Stoke Lions featuring of course the Lion, a witch and a wardrobe!
As always the parade swelled in numbers as members of the public joined in the procession as we passed by, and by the time it reached the Jubilee Green it had doubled in length.
Prizes were presented to winning parade entrants in front of the stage and we enjoyed another performance from the parade band.
As in previous years we had a selection of commercial and charity stalls on the field along with commercial traders, all of which created a nice village green feel for visitors to wander around at their leisure. The Funfair also proved to be very popular and seemed to be busy all day.
This year the Carnival Committee provided a free to use community zone (buckets were on site for donations to the Mayors Charities for those that wished to do so) which consisted of a Total Wipe Out inflatable, a 60 foot long assault course and a Gladiator duelling area, as well as a vintage traditional games area this proved to be incredibly popular.
The idea behind the community zone was so people could come along to the Carnival and have a relatively inexpensive day yet still be able to join in the fun and it certainly seemed to the case considering how busy the zone remained until the very end.
Live music has always featured at the Carnival and this year was no different, Bradley Stoke Radio provided and hosted the music stage for the day as well as broadcasting the entire stage line up live on air.
Following on from feedback received at previous Carnivals, the line-up featured a mixture of both local talent as well as tribute acts.
Judging by those singing along in front of the stage, it would appear that Angel Heart and the Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams and Elvis tribute acts went down a storm as did all the very talented and entertaining performers taking to the stage throughout the day, voices were raised in song all afternoon!
A massive thank you to everyone for coming along and joining in on the day, the event was put on by the community for the town to enjoy and it seemed that all those who came along had great day, we were blessed with some amazing weather. Thanks also to those involved in putting the event together, both before and on the day and of course all the wonderful volunteers that made the event happen.