SATURDAY, 17th JUNE 2017

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With yet another Carnival been and gone 2017 was another successful year. We were blessed with warm and sunny weather. Crowds were estimated to be in their thousands watching the parade make its way through the town. After the parades crowds descending to the Carnival field to see Hannah Pears being crowned Carnival Queen along with her retinue and watched displays in main arena including Little Nippers Terrier Display group, Otley Tag Rugby and Otley Rhymthic Gymastics.

The Carnival judges had yet another difficult decision due to the high standard of floats and the judges found it difficult to choose the winners. The parade was led by Otley Bellman Terry Ford and included vehicles ranging from a Saab convertible, a 1951 AC Buckland car and a 1984 Leyland Roadrunner to transport the Carnival Queen, Consort and retinue and other dignitaries to the Carnival field. On their journey the crowds were entertained by City of Leeds Pipe Band, Foxwood Steel Bandits, Otley Town Brass Band, Drums Agogo, Westgate Cheerleaders, Tewit Youth Band, Otley Ukulele Orchestra and no forgetting Slick Stick Sambastic with the Honley Samba Band.

2017 Prize winners were:

Overall winner was once again Westgate Primary School whose theme was Safari.

Otley Zombie Apocalypse with the theme Zombie Apocalypse won Class 1 (any decorated float or walking group produced by an adult organisation) and were awarded the Jack Barber Memorial Trophy. While Class 2 (any decorated float or walking group produced by a junior organisation) was won by 2nd Otley Scout Group with their theme Whacky barrows : Pirates v Vikings. They were awarded the Chamber of Trade Challenge Shield.

Otley All Saints Primary School won Class 3 (any decorated float produced by a school) with their Seaside theme. They were awarded the Sharon Weston Memorial Shield.

The Whartons Primary School won Class 4 (any walking group produced by a school) with their 1970’s theme. They were awarded the A.H. Stott Challenge Shield.

Finally, Iris and Andy Bleasedale won again Class 5 for being the best fancy dress for collectors. They were awarded the Wharfedale Glass Challenge Shield.

The Carnival Committee would like to thank all entries and for making this year’s event another success. We would also like to thank Cooper Transport, Colin Pitt, Edward Johnston (Great Wall), Houldsworth Builders and Robert Midgley for providing lorries/vehicles for the parade and Gary Stead and Dr Nick Allen for providing their cars for the parade. We would also like to thank Stephen H. Smith for providing decorations for the Queens Float. Finally, not forgetting our parade judges Ann Whiers from Harrogate Grammar School, Colin Whiers from Selby 6th Form College and Betty Syril formerly from Syril Academy Dance School at Baildon.

We would also like to thank we watched the procession, made donations and visited the Carnival Field. Without you the Carnival could never be a success. All proceeds will be going to our beneficiaries this year: Otley All Saints Church Restoration Fund, Otley Skate Park Users Group & Otley Science Festival

Hope all those who watched the parade enjoyed themselves and looking forward to the 2018 Carnival!



Further details can be obtained from Nigel Gill, Press & Publicity Officer – Otley Carnival.

Mobile: 07912 550017

Email: njgill@talktalk.net