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Deal Carnival 2017 was 'biggest and best yet' says organiser

By Eleanor Perkins

The biggest and best yet - that’s how Deal Carnival organiser of 21 years described last night’s procession.

Hundreds gathered along the streets from The Strand to the end of The Marina to see the full assembly go by.

There were dancers, bands and beauty queens as well as body art, fitness groups and everyone’s favourite furry friends - the Newfoundland dogs.

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The Fitness Mix in the Deal Carnival

The Fitness Mix in the Deal Carnival

Kingsdown Pre-School pupils walking in the Deal Carnival

Kingsdown Pre-School pupils walking in the Deal Carnival

Chairman of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Regatta Association, John Trickey said: “In 21 years of doing the carnival, I can say this is the biggest and best.

“Our Regatta Queen Kelsi Endean and court did us proud, just like the crowds who never let us down.”

Deal Regatta Queen Kelsi Endean waved to the crowds

Deal Regatta Queen Kelsi Endean waved to the crowds

Crowds lined the streets to watch the Deal Carnival

Crowds lined the streets to watch the Deal Carnival

This year’s Spirit of the Carnival award, judged by this newspaper group, went to Betteshanger Park’s Kent Mining Museum.

The walking float featured almost 30 youngsters from Sholden, Sandown and Deal Parochial Primary Schools plus Goodwin Academy - all dressed as miners.

They carried a banner which displayed the past, present and future of coalfields.

Learning and engagement officer for the museum, Francesca Goodhart, said: “We’re so delighted to receive this. The banner has been such a great community project involving people from as young as two to 70 years of age.

Betteshanger Park in the Deal Carnival

Betteshanger Park in the Deal Carnival

Ghostbusters Carl Street and Chris Morris took part

Ghostbusters Carl Street and Chris Morris took part

“It will also be carried at the museum opening in spring 2018 which we’re on schedule to meet.”

For the full carnival report and more pictures, pick up next week’s Mercury - out on Wednesday.

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