Gallery: More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

More 4,000 turn out for 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Abbots Langley this weekend for the 32nd Abbots Langley Carnival.

The annual event, which is organised by the Lions Club of Watford, saw more than four thousand people attend the carnival, which was held on Saturday June 14.

Watford Observer:

Despite fears there would not be enough floats at the carnival, Frances Turner, president of Watford Lions said she was delighted with the floats on display.

She said: "We had some fantastic floats.

"There were some walking floats and they were very good. The school floats were fantastic; they put so much effort in."

The president, who was also one of the judges for the procession, added: "It was really really difficult...they were amazing. Ginders had a fantastic float, as they always do."

Floats were judged at 11am on School Mead, before setting off for Abbots Langley High Street an hour later.

Watford Observer:

After the judging had finished, the procession left School Mead, before heading down Hazelwood Lane towards Gallows Hill Lane and Popes Road. The procession then joined Trowley Rise, before heading up Tibbs Hill Road, before arriving on the High Street.

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There was also a record number of stalls at the village carnival after organisers extended the number of stalls for the carnival because demand was so high.

79 stalls were set up throughout the day and included charity, commercial and food stalls.

Ms Turner added that the money raised during the carnival would go towards the Abbots Langley community.

She said: "The stall holders had a good day, which is what we set it up for- to help local charities raise money.

"Everything that we have raised during the Abbots Langley Carnival will go back into the Abbots Langley area."

Throughout the afternoon there were a series of events in the main arena, and included a demonstration from a mountain bike display team- this year's headline act.

The mountain bike display team, Team M.A.D, which is made up of former World and British champions, performed a variety of stunts including jumps, hops and balance techniques.

Other events at the carnival included routines from local dance groups, Aviv and Hot & Bothered, Majorettes, performances from Harpenden Pipe Band and Abbots Langley School Choir, a dog show, dog agility displays, Punch and Judy, bouncy castles, a climbing wall, go-karts, shooting and plate smashing.

Watford Observer:

The carnival queen for this year’s event was 17 year-old Amber Pocklington.

Frances reserved special praise for Allen Harvey, chairman of the Abbots Langley carnival committee.

She said: "He works so hard, he is amazing.

"The whole day went very well, in spite of the couple of showers of rain, it all went off very well.

"It was just a lovely lovely day."

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9:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Paul Maloney says...

What a shame the organisers felt it necessary to leave out the Under 8 football festival this year, after 10 years of this being a core part of the carnival. Unfortunately, dozens of local Abbots Langley 7 & 8 year olds were unable to showcase their sporting & footballing skills, in particular whilst the World Cup is in full swing!! Hey but let's not think about the kids!!!!
What a shame the organisers felt it necessary to leave out the Under 8 football festival this year, after 10 years of this being a core part of the carnival. Unfortunately, dozens of local Abbots Langley 7 & 8 year olds were unable to showcase their sporting & footballing skills, in particular whilst the World Cup is in full swing!! Hey but let's not think about the kids!!!! Paul Maloney
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