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Tonbridge Carnival and Fete 2017 attracts huge crowds

By Natalie Tipping

Thousands took to the streets to watch an annual carnival at the weekend.

Organised by the Tonbridge Lions Club, the yearly procession and fete has become a big hit, with this year’s event no different.

The sunny weather gathered huge crowds, which lined the High Street as the 31 colourful floats drove the route, accompanied by bands, majorettes, dancers, army vehicles, classic cars, and more.

The procession attracted huge crowds. Picture Andy Jones

The procession attracted huge crowds. Picture: Andy Jones

After the parade the crowds made their way to the castle lawn, where Cllr Roger Dalton and Mrs Hazel Dalton, mayor and mayoress of Tonbridge and Malling, handed out prizes for various groups involved in the parade, accompanied by Bob Bartlett, Lions president, and his wife Jan.

Bands, singers and dancers entertained those assembled at the castle, and there was also a variety of stalls including tombolas and traditional sideshows, as well as stalls selling cakes, cream teas, books, jewellery and toys.

Picture Andy Jones

Picture: Andy Jones

The event raised close to £4,000, which will go towards local causes.

Keith Bunyon, one of the Lions members, said: “We are extremely pleased with the way the day went.

"Although the weather was very hot, lots of the participants entered into the spirit, and we were particularly pleased to have the Nepalese community, West Kent Keralites, and Bloco Foco samba band taking part.”

To see more pictures from the event, pick up this Thursday's Kent Messenger Malling edition, out June 22. 

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