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Carnival Update and Results

It was a good evening for Holsworthy Carnival on Saturday 17 November. Unlike 2017, it stayed dry for the event – although the wind was cold. There were even reports of a small tornado on Waterloo Road just before the procession got underway, though thankfully there were no Wizard of Oz entries in this year’s Carnival!

The evening began with the crowning of this year’s Carnival Queen (13-year old Evony-Rose Bright from Holsworthy Community College), and this year’s Carnival Princess (8-year old Paige Chidley from Holsworthy Primary School) on the balcony of the White Hart Hotel at 7pm. The two girls looked lovely in their Royal costumes and there was a large crowd in front of the White Hart to watch the ceremony.

This year the Carnival Committee wanted to do something to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the ending of World War I on 11 November 2018. So this year’s procession was led off by 100 school children carrying giant poppies. The children came from Holsworthy Primary School and the Community College – and other local schools including Clawton Primary School. It was a fitting way to end the celebrations for the one-hundredth anniversary of the ending of the war – something that the town as a whole did wonderfully in the weeks leading up to 11 November.

The procession itself was huge this year – the end of the parade hadn’t even reached the half-way point by the time that the front of the procession had actually finished the entire route. The size of the crowd lining the streets of Holsworthy was also enormous this year. Estimates ranged from between 3,500 to 4,500 people – though the exact number isn’t really known. Richard Hutchings (former Holsworthy Lions President and current Chairman of the St Peter’s Fair Committee) said that it was the biggest crowd he had seen in at least 30 years. The procession of floats and was, as always, wonderfully colourful and noisy.

The independent judges had a very difficult time judging all the entrants to this year’s Carnival as the standard was particularly high. The final results were as follows:

Best Royal tableau (R1): 1st place Hatherleigh Carnival Queen; 2nd place Hatherleigh Prince & Princess; 3rd place Barnstaple Royalty.

Best Royal car (R2): 1st place Boscastle Royalty.

Best artistic float/tableau – open (A1): 1st place Tamar Side Singers; 2nd place The late Charlie Nicholls – Devon Air Ambulance.

Young Farmers’ Club (A2): 1st place Winkleigh – 200 years of the circus; 2nd place Bradworthy – Brad Army; 3rd place Stratton YFC.

Best Tradesman’s tableau/float (A5): 1st place Harpers Farm Supplies – War Cow; 2nd place Mac Plant Construction; 3rd place RTS Transport – Polly.

Vintage (A6): 1st place Holsworthy Vintage Club – D. Edwards; 2nd place Eddie the Camaro; 3rd place Ford Capri.

Children’s tableau/float – Organisations (C3): 1st place Beavers – Baby Shark; 2nd place Cubs – Jungle Book; 3rd place SW Truckers – Piston Cup.

Children’s tableau/float – Non-organisations (C4): 1st place Candy Land; 2nd place Elfing Around; 3rd place Life on Mars.

Adults walking (A3): 1st place Votes for Women; 2nd place HATS.

Decorated wheeled vehicle – not-motorised (A4): 1st place Old McDonald had a Farm; 2nd place Kevin Saves Christmas.

Individual – under 16 years walking (C1): 1st place Santa’s Little Helper.

Groups – under 16 years walking (C2): 1st place Bude RFC.

The top prize for the best tableau/float on the evening was awarded to the Beavers – Baby Shark.

Holsworthy Carnival Committee Chairman, Ted England, said that he was very pleased that this year’s Carnival had been so successful and so well-attended. He extended his thanks to all the members of the Carnival Committee (Lions and non-Lions alike) for their hard work over the past year. He also extended his thanks to all the organisations and individuals (too numerous to mention individually) who gave up their time to help on the evening itself. The Carnival Committee as a whole would like to thank all the people who took part in this year’s event – and all those who lined the streets to watch it. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

A selection of photos for you to browse:

Carnival Advertising

Carnival is Coming

Holworthy Carnival Entry

Calling all Potential Royalty

17 November 2018

Applications are invited for:

2018 Carnival Queen or King  

2018 Carnival Prince or Princess

For more details click on the link below:

Royalty poster 2018


A selection of photos from Carnival 2017

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Introducing the 2017 Holsworthy Carnival Queen and Fairy Queen

CARNIVAL QUEEN 2017: My name is Lara Dullam-Devlin. I went to Route 39 school and was previously Deputy Head girl. But I am currently being home-schooled and doing a part time college course. I am 15 years old and my hobbies include surfing, netball, public-speaking and going to the gym. When I’m older I either want to be a midwife or an MP as I am passionate about fighting for women’s rights. I believe that the battle for equal rights is not over and has only just begun. I wanted to be Holsworthy Carnival Queen as I want to make a difference in our community by doing more fundraising and by giving an opportunity to bring young people and ‘not so young people’ together. I believe that every elderly person has a story to tell, and that we can all learn from their experience. I feel honoured to take on the role of Carnival Queen, and I want to inspire more people to take an opportunity like this when it is right in front of them. It is important to follow your dreams and not give up, no matter what life throws at you.

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Lara Dullam-Devlin and her mother Anna Devlin


FAIRY QUEEN 2017: Hello, my name is Ruby Stephens and I am 8 years old. I live in Holsworthy and I go to Bradworthy Primary School. I have lots of hobbies that I enjoy, these include gymnastics, reading, swimming, gardening and lots more. I would like to be Holsworthy Fairy Queen as this is something I have wanted to do since I can remember watching Holsworthy Carnival. I love all things pretty, and I would enjoy being part of Holsworthy Carnival and representing Holsworthy at other Carnivals during the year.


Ruby Stephens and her mother Rachel Lebe

It’s a goodbye to the Holsworthy Carnival Royalty 2016

HOLSWORTHY CARNIVAL is a fortnight today, so the reign of the 2016 Carnival Royalty is coming to an end. This is what they had to say about their experiences:
CARNIVAL QUEEN KATIE HOLLIS: I was thrilled to be given the  role of Carnival Queen 2016, and I have enjoyed every moment representing Holsworthy at the Carnivals we have attended. It has been an amazing opportunity, and I would like to thank, firstly, my wonderful attendants, Mia Polhill, Louise Shepherd and Rosie Toms as I could not have done it without them. I would also like to thank Ted England, Dave Jones and Tim Healy for all their help during the year. And finally, I would like to thank Holsworthy Lions for choosing me for the role. I wish the new Carnival Queen the best of luck for the upcoming year, and I hope she enjoys her reign as much as I did. I am looking forward to seeing everybody on 18 November to hand over my crown to the new Carnival Queen 2017.
FAIRY QUEEN LARA HILL: Thank you for letting me be the 2016 Fairy Queen. I have enjoyed all the Carnivals. I decided to pick the ‘winterland’ theme as I felt that it was a good choice because the weather was very cold. Thank you again, and best of luck to the 2017 Fairy Queen.

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Katie Hollis and her attendants

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Lara Hill

Holsworthy Carnival Royalty

We are now accepting applications for carnival royalty from both boys and girls.  If you are interested please get in touch by email and come and join us.

Selection is Friday 6th October 2017 at the White Hart Hotel, starting at 7 pm

Royalty Poster

Advertising in the 2017 Programme

If you are interested in advertising in our programme, please email us at the carnival email address with your details, so that we can contact you.  The cost of advertising is as follows:

Quarter Page             £25.00

Half Page                      £50.00

Full Page                    £100.00

We also this year are looking for sponsorship.  If you are interested then again please get in touch.

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