The 10th anniversary of the Langlee Carnival took place on Saturday, and everything shone – the sun, the smiles and the event itself.
The tightly-knit community revels in getting together for its superbly-run carnival every year, and it just keeps getting better and better.
At Langlee Community Centre for the first time were some alpacas, which proved almost as popular as the other newcomer – the soft-play room, which carnival chairwoman Heidi Wilson said was “never empty”.
The weather was so good, carnival-goers were more than happy to lap up the sun while trying out the old favourites such as the water walkers, the quad bikes and the swinging boats, while the entertainment in the hall was just as popular as it was eclectic, with the Langle School Choir and Langlee Community Choir both belting out their song lists, as were former Langlee pupil Dylan Paterson, who performed a great half-hour set with his guitar, and heavy metal outfit Wild Fire rocking the hall with their hitlist.
Kicking off the day was the fancy dress parade from the primary school to the community centre, and the arrival of the Langlee Lad and Lass, the roles being filled with no small level of grace and class by Jordan Corry and Amy Gray.
Heidi told The Southern: “The whole day, from beginning to end, was absolutely fabulous. The weather obviously helps ... it was really rainy last year, and we were hoping for better weather for this one and we certainly got it.
“As it was our 10th anniversary, we had a special presentation of a souvenir to all the previous lads and lasses who could make it.
“The fancy dress was superb, and it really worked out well for the winners, Langlee Junior Youth Club, who celebrated Adam’s Ices. They met Adam, Britain’s oldest ice cream man, who recently retired, by chance in the morning and he was persuaded to come along and join in.
“Every year, the people of Langlee come out in force to prove to everyone just how fantastic a community it is.
“And we are lucky to have just as good a committee as we have a community ... they are superb.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our main sponsors, Langlee Community Centre, the Focus Centre, Borders Pharmacy and Baguette and Co. The co-owner of the latter is Brian Dodds, who had a great upbringing in Langlee and he just wants to put something back.
“I’d also like to thank all the businesses who donated a prize for the raffle.”
As anyone who organises such events knows, the work in making it all happening to this stage of success is almost continuous.
Heidi said: “Thankfully, we made enough money to make some early inroads on organising next year’s event already.
“Like the community spirit in Langlee, it never ends!”