It was the biggest ever MADhurst carnival parade, the sun finally shone and some 2000 people lined the streets of Midhurst to watch.
There were 24 carnival entries led by town crier John Travers, the Horndean Marching Band and HG Wells, who had brought along his time machine. Adding to the glamour of the float were members of Concordia who helped Brian Allen make the spectacular machine. Also walking with them were Judy Fowler and Jeanette Sutton.
Organised by The Rev David Coote on behalf of Midhurst Town Council, the MADhurst carnival basked in sunshine this year for the first time in three years: “I am absolutely delighted,” he told the Observer: “We had so many people watching and many have said it was the best parade ever. There were some superb floats and everybody is to be congratulated - from the participants to all the volunteers and marshals. The whole event was characterised by good humour and a great deal of fun.”
Families from The Cowdray Estate surpassed themselves with their stunning Italian Job float and beautifully made cars and members of The Rother Valley District Guides had done their homework with a tour of guiding through the ages, coming up with uniforms from the past and what they might look like in the future.
Sarah Morley and her team from Stockley Trading took a trip down memory lane to the swinging 60s and David Burton and his team from Rotherhill Nursery were splendid as visitors from Star Wars under the banner ‘May The Force Be With You’.
An impressive array of MGs joined the parade as members of Chichester MG cars owners club joined in the fun.
Among others in the parade were Midhurst Community Bus, the newly painted Stagecoach number 60 bus and members of The Centre Stage Academy, as well as Midhurst’s firefighters and music from the George Regis Jazz Band.