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Soggy carnival beats the downpours
10:07am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
LOYAL festival goers braved the elements to take part in this year’s Stanford and Corringham Carnival.
Torrential rain drenched marchers as they paraded across the two towns on Saturday to raise money for three charities.
The route, which began at Park Road, Corringham and ended at Billet Lane, Stanford-le-Hope saw some of the pre-planned route cut out due to partially flooded roads.
The craft fair, which was due to take place after the carnival, was unforuantely a washout.
The organisers have said they will still be giving away more than £1,000 – to be split between the charities Blu’s Nu Shoes, Daphne Hart Holiday Homes for the Handicapped and Corringham and Stanford First Responders.
Cherie Sargeant, vice-chairman of the carnival, said the event should still be regarded as a success.
She added: “There were a lot fewer people that expected but that wasn’t a surprise considering how bad the weather was.
“There were lots of people watching from their windows and many people in cars donated to our charities as we walked by.
“The carnival still had many people taking part and that was great to see. Spirits were still up and everyone still had a laugh, splashing in the puddles.
“We want to thank everyone for their support and donations.
“We look forward to what will hopefully be a drier festival next year!”
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