Crowds line the streets for MADhurst’s carnival procession

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IT was the grand finale of ten days of non-stop MADhurst entertainment in Midhurst and the crowds lined the pavements to watch the carnival procession.

Led by the Milestone Collective Band they marched along Church Hill and down North Street to the delight of hundreds of Bank Holiday Monday spectators.

Cowdray Estate workers aboard their Mary Poppins float

Cowdray Estate workers aboard their Mary Poppins float

There were members of Midhurst Rugby Club promoting the club which caters for children under six right up to adults, there was Midhurst Musical Mayhem in their brightly coloured jackets.

There was carnival stalwart David Burton with family and staff from Rotherhill Nurseries aboard their fairy float, proclaiming ‘we believe in fairies and fairy cakes’ as they handed out cakes to the crowds.

Cowdray Estate workers and their families energetically ‘stepped in time’ aboard their Mary Poppins themed float and the Concordia volunteers marched underneath their magnificent paper dragon guided by co-ordinator Suzy Ratcliff.

The Wonder Girls, a pom-pom group from Bognor Regis provided colourful entertainment along the route in their reds, yellows and greens with adults and children joining in a series of well rehearsed routines as they paraded down North Street.

Midhurst firefighters were there and even a group of scooter riders who happened to be passing through Midhurst on their way back from a gathering on the Isle of Wight.

When they heard the procession was about to take place they asked organisers if they join in with their classic machines bringing their own touch of magic to the spectacle.

The Rev David Coote headed the organising team on behalf of Midhurst Town Council.

“It has all gone extremely well,” he said, “everyone has been extremely supportive over the road closure and the crowds have turned out to enjoy it as well.”

As the procession reached the bottom of North Street the walkers peeled off across the Causeway leading the crowds to the afternoon of entertainment at the Midhurst Sports Association show ground.

There was six hours of family fun organised including a programme of music and demonstrations in the main arena as well as refreshments and a host of stalls to browse.