Town festival makes colourful comeback

MHDE-23-07-11 CARNIVAL JUL64 (5)'Daventry Carnival
MHDE-23-07-11 CARNIVAL JUL64 (5)'Daventry Carnival

THE town was awash with colour as the first carnival in Daventry for 15 years took place on Saturday.

The parade saw hundreds of youngsters take to the streets carrying large sculptures through the town. The carnival formed part of the final day of Daventry Arts Festival which included live music on the field and the final of Daventry’s Got Talent, which was won by 15-year-old Jordan Goodenough.

The arts festival was organised by the Daventry Business Partnership (DBP) which has hailed the week of activities and events a success.

DBP manager Sally Halson said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how the festival went.A variety of town centre venues were used, the events were well attended and we have received some excellent feedback.

“The carnival, involving local schools and community groups, was fantastic and for me one of the highlights. The town was buzzing with hundreds lining the streets – I’ve never seen it so busy.”

Among the festival’s others shows was a talk from humanitarian Terry Waite about the BBC World Service – first broadcast from Borough Hill – two comedy shows, and a presentation by poet Ian McMilland and cartoonist Tony Husband.

DBP chairman Euan Temple said: “Going forward we want the festival to provide more of an opportunity for local individuals, groups and businesses to perform or showcase their work.

“We are hoping we can build on the success of this year.”

Anyone interested in being involved in next year’s festival, which is likely to last for two weeks, can call the DBP 01327 828391 or email sally.halson@daventrybp.co.uk.