A fantastic festival for all

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Hundreds flocked to Burnfoot on Saturday for the much-loved and highly anticipated annual carnival.

The event was blessed with some first-class weather and according to organiser Jamie Batten, it was, once more, a hugely successful day which was enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Mr Batten, who has been instrumental in organising the festival for the past 28 years, said: “What a brilliant day. It was absolutely fantastic and it just goes to show what we can do here in Burnfoot.”

Carnival Queen Demi McCartney and Cornet Adam Crombie received their crown and riding crop during the opening ceremony and according to Mr Batten, the pair spent the rest of the day having a ball and “forever smiling”.

Entertainment included, amongst other things, a funfair, live bands, inflatables, stalls, car boot and a fortune teller. And Richard Knight, who chairs Burnfoot Community Council, echoed Mr Batten’s thoughts, saying: “We had a fantastic day. The weather was very kind to us and although it threatened to rain on one or two occasions, the sun shone and everyone had a great time.”

And he added: “The entertainment was first class and really made the day special. I would just like to thank everyone involved and especially those who helped out in the day. And I would like to mention newly-elected Councillor Watson McAteer, who never stopped all day. He was a massive help and really got into the spirit of things.”

The carnival is the high point of the year on the Burnfoot estate and Councillor McAteer told The Southern he thoroughly enjoyed his day.

He said: “It was a great day. The turnout was fantastic and people really did support the carnival.

“The entertainment was first class. I really enjoyed myself. Everyone entered into the spirit of things and it was a brilliant success.”