Gallery: thousands turn up to Kings Langley annual village carnival

Gallery: thousands turn up to Kings Langley annual village carnival

Gallery: thousands turn up to Kings Langley annual village carnival

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Thousands of villagers took to the streets of Kings Langley for the annual village carnival.

The annual village event, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead and held on The Common, saw more than £4,500 raised for local causes in and around Kings Langley.

Despite poor weather in recent years, the sun shone on this year’s carnival and organisers say that this was vital in bringing out the crowds and creating a "great atmosphere."

Rotary member, Martin Horsted, said: "The whole afternoon was very good. In the sunshine, it was a great afternoon. The weather was great for us this year- we have had a few years where the weather has not been so kind to us, but this year the sunshine bought the crowds out.

"There was a great atmosphere, there were lots of families on The Common and we hope to have made in excess of £4,500. We were pleased with how it went on the financial side of it as well.

"Everything that we planned went off smoothly, the Wild West show was quite an attraction." 

Carnival events started at 12pm and continued right through the day into the evening. The headline event was a Texas Rangers Wild West show.

The Wild West show returned to the village carnival after an absence of 14 years and was performed twice, at 1.45pm and 3.30pm respectively.

Other events included the return of the popular dog show, an archery demonstration and a petting farm.

Kings Langley School Jazz Band, Kings Langley Community Choir and Kings Langley Primary School Choir also performed during the afternoon.

Other groups performing at the village carnival included: Vivo d’Arte Theatre Company, Kings Langley Brownies and Skehill Academy of Irish Dancing.

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Martin, who has been involved with the organising committee since 1999, added: "When I was walking around, people seemed to be enjoying to be enjoying the activities that we put on.

"Stall holders were busy and the whole carnival seemed to be busy all afternoon."

Councillor Ron Smith was also delighted with the weather for the carnival and reserved praise for some of the acts at the carnival.

He said: "It went really well. There were lots of people there and it was nice to have good weather. It is always great to have nice weather for it.

"There were some good events at the carnival. The choir singing was very good, the Irish dancing was very good, the school jazz band was very good, we have seen them become very good in the last couple of years."

With organisers now calculating exactly how much they have risen throughout the day, the Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead is now inviting people to send in applications for a portion of the money.

Mr Horsted added: "In the first instance, if people want to contact me, the only criteria is that it has to be an organisation or a local organisation that serves the people of Kings Langley, we would like to consider it."

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