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A big turn-out at the carnival

CROWDS packed into Tudor Grange Park last weekend to enjoy this year’s Solihull Carnival.

CROWDS packed into Tudor Grange Park last weekend to enjoy this year’s Solihull Carnival.

Up to 5000 people turned-up for the annual event, with weather staying fine for most of the day.

Among the highlights was a team of mountain-bikers and annual favourite Wilson’s funfair.

And visitors also saw local girl Laura White crowned as this year’s winner of Carnival’s Got Talent.

Eddie Halliday, from Shirley Round Table, said: “We had a very good turn-out on the day.

“Things started slowly, but it soon became clear we had as many people as last year.”

This year’s event, sponsored by Laser UK and the Village hotel, was the first without a procession.

It had been cancelled because of the growing expense involved in closing the road.

“It costs in the region of £3500 each year to get a company in to marshall the traffic,” added Eddie.

“We would like to have the procession back next year, but it really depends on us getting sponsorship.”

Organisers are still totting up the total that the carnival raised for charity.

But they’re hopeful that they’ve matched last year, when £15,000 was raised for good causes.

 

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