Colour, characters, wild weather, for the Whitehaven Carnival

By Sophie Cooper

HUNDREDS flocked to Whitehaven, braving wild weather, for fantastic floats and attractions of the annual Whitehaven Carnival.

Regal arrival: Carnival Queen, Katrina braves the wet weather in her finery.

Regal arrival: Carnival Queen, Katrina braves the wet weather in her finery.

Dance troupes, Star Wars characters, superheroes and Disney princesses paraded through Whitehaven town centre and finished at Castle Park, on Saturday July 2.

Even with the wet weather the carnival was a huge success for all of the groups, troupes and organisations that took part.

The success was even sweeter for Popsteps as they not only won first place for the fourth consecutive year, this year is also their 10th anniversary.

Cheryl Fears, owner of Popsteps, said: “The kids were ecstatic to win the dancing competition for the fourth year running, especially as it’s our tenth anniversary year.”

“Popsteps entered for six years without winning anything so we are absolutely delighted, as no one has ever won four years in a row. We had tough competition from the other dance schools and all credit to them too.”

Other winning groups included: Darling Manor, Stix Percussion, Cumbria Superheroes, Jericho School and Cheer Fitness and St Begh’s School who got two awards – one included best float for their Rio 2016 Olympics theme.

This year’s carnival queen was St Benedict’s pupil Katrina George, 13, from Whitehaven – she was crowned by the former queen and Britannia.

The parade, which is organised by Whitehaven and District Lions Club, was led by councillor Peter Tyson, chairman of Copeland Council and Esther Clements, the past president of the club.