Thousands turn out to support Tadcaster Carnival attractions

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Thousands of people turned out to attend one of the busiest events on Tadcaster’s calendar.

More than 4,000 lined the streets to watch the Tadcaster Carnival parade, with its theme of Countries of the World, pass by.

They then made their way to the ground at Magnet Sports Club to spend the rest of the day being entertained and joining in all the event had to offer.

What started as a very wet morning for committee members, volunteers and stallholders as they set up in pouring rain, ended with sunshine, but not before Tadcaster’s Fire tender and crew came out to help disperse the water from the car park.

Leading the parade were 20 classic cars, followed by Sam Smith’s shire horses, motorbikes, cycles, children dressed as animals, Japanese women and even Santa Claus all the way from the North Pole.

Once at the sports ground the arena hosted an array of entertainment including Lisa Marie Dance Company, falconry, Zumba and Leeds Pipe Band.

Elsewhere children were able to enjoy donkey rides, a model train ride and all the fun of the fair.

Local talent entertained on the main stage to an very appreciate audience, including Kelly Bolland, Beth Stevens, Elliot Roberts and Patron Saints.

The evening entertainment kicked off with Tom Rocks and the Replicants who handed over to Boomin for the finale, both helping to rock the night away.

Winner of the Best Float cup, presented by Coun Richard Sweeting, was Tadcaster East Primary School with its Kenya theme.

A fantastic firework display, all timed to music, brought the day to a close and Tadcaster Carnival 2015 was hailed a resounding success.

Pictures and words by Wendy Binns.