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As the town got together for this year’s animal-themed Totton Carnival, Saturday 10th June saw all manner of wild and wonderful creatures on the loose in Totton.
From animals of the jungle to creatures of the deep, farmyard animals to smurfs, and myriad more costumes and characters, the people of Totton showed what party animals they could be.
Sponsorship from Totton College, Bluebird Care (Totton) and Charles Cole Funfair enabled this popular local event to go ahead, after initial funding fears threatened the big day, as well as support from local transport companies, stallholders and volunteer marshalls. A big thank you to all local bands, schools, groups, companies and local people who took part to make the event such a huge success.
Hundreds of people lined the streets as the carnival parade travelled through the town from Calmore Industrial Estate, before ending on Eling Recreation Ground with a blast of entertainment, including Charles Cole’s Funfair.
On the Bluebird Care (Totton) float, Seb and Lewis defied the heat of their outfits to put in a Smurftastic performance. Care assistants and their families joined in the fun, helping to give out sweets to those lining the streets and collecting donations for local charities.
Bluebird Care (Totton) director, Bernadette Mills, said, “As a local business, providing care at home to those in and around Totton, we were pleased to be able to support the Totton Carnival this year. It is such a popular community event and Bluebird Care staff and their families had a really fun time whilst giving something back to the town in which they live and work.”
The carnival is enjoyed every year by over 2,500 people from Totton and surrounding areas. Totton Carnival Committee raises monies for local charities and good causes throughout the year. Their main charity for this year was Forest Park School. Other local charities, including Sailability in Totton, Firefighters Charity (Totton), Honeypot Children's Charity, and the Wayne Howard Trust, will also benefit from funds raised on the day.