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Published on June 28th, 2017 | by Perrin


Annual Carnival brings thousands to the town

The annual Tonbridge Carnival and Fete organised by Tonbridge Lions Club took place on Sunday 18th June.

On the hottest day of the year so far thousands lined the High Street to watch the procession of thirty one colourful floats, bands, majorettes, dancers, army vehicles, classic cars and walking groups many who embraced this year’s theme Famous Families.

After the parade the crowds made their way to the castle lawn where the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Roger Dalton and the Mayoress Mrs Hazel Dalton, Lion President Bob Bartlett and his wife Jan handed out prizes to the various categories in the procession.

On the castle lawn the crowds were entertained throughout the afternoon by bands, singers and dancers and at the end of the day a demonstration by the walking football group.  The crowds also enjoyed a variety of stalls from tombola’s and traditional sideshows to stalls selling cakes, cream teas, books, jewellery  and toys with a number of activities for children in the ‘Kiddies Corner’ including, a Magician and a Punch and Judy show. A particular favourite for the first time this year was the “Soak your Dad in the Stocks” stall.

All the money raised from the Carnival and Fete will go to local charities and good causes.

Keith Bunyon of the Lions Club said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the day went. Although the weather was very hot lots of the participants entered into the spirit of this year’s theme Famous Families, and we were particularly pleased to have the Nepalese Community, West Kent Keralites and Bloco Foco Samba Band taking part this year. We have had very positive feedback from the local community.”

Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank everyone for their support especially Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, together with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge, Tonbridge Round Table, and the Tonbridge Air Cadets for their help during the day.


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