Film stars come out to play for the 2010 Dunmow Carnival

STARS from the silver screen paraded through Dunmow’s town centre on Saturday for what many people believe was the best carnival the town has ever had.

A record amount of parade entrants took part, 76, and more people than ever turned up to line the streets and then descended on the recreation ground for one big party.

Events in the main arena took centre stage during the afternoon, with the Dunmow Karate Club and the Rumblebees both proving to be major hits.

Live music then delighted large crowds, culminating in a rousing performance from Take That tribute, Never 4 Get.

Dunmow’s big day drew praise from all quarters for its organisation, layout and fun.

Town Mayor Wendy Barron gave it a huge thumbs up. “I would like to express my sincere and personal thanks to everyone connected with the carnival,” she said.

“It has been a combined effort between two committees who both excelled themselves in putting on such a fantastic event.

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“A lot of hard work has been going on to produce a fantastic parade and some wonderful events which were so varied and enjoyable.

She added: “Thank you to everyone who attended the day, from those who thronged the procession route and to those who joined them on the Recreation Ground”

Organisers also paid tribute to the public saying that they helped to create a great friendly atmosphere, hundreds stayed to watch a dazzling firework finale.

Carnival events committee member David Beedle said: “Thank you to the people of Dunmow and all our visitors, and sponsors.

“Clubs, organisations and charities all came together to make it a great community event. The weather was glorious and the crowds fantastic. We thank everyone who came, for their generous support and see you again next year.”

As well as the various float winners including Brownies, dancers and schools, shopkeepers got in on the act as everyone got involved with the theme for the day which was ‘films’.

David Lipson Photography won the best shop window competition with their take on the Invisible Man. In second place was High Street boutique Wardrobe depicting the Audrey Hepburn classic, Breakfast at Tiffanys.

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