Hats galore at Malvern Carnival

Malvern Gazette: 2814648901 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Malvern Malvern Carnival at Barnards Green. Marie Cheshmehdoost with Korki a Bichon Frise with their hats on. (8162833) 2814648901 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Malvern Malvern Carnival at Barnards Green. Marie Cheshmehdoost with Korki a Bichon Frise with their hats on. (8162833)

A SEA of hats of all shapes and sizes could be seen in the Malvern Hills as the town carnival made its way through the streets this weekend.

Everyone got in the spirit of the Malvern Carnival with many donning colourful hats, including a little dog who, despite England's chances being long over in the World Cup, was still wearing a supporters cap.

Yarnbomb Great Malvern had been busy creating colourful bunting and miniature hats to decorate the town centre and the Elgar statue on Belle Vue Terrace had its own crown.

The parade took off at about 2pm on Saturday afternoon being led by a horse and cart carrying the mayor Julian Roskams.

A variety of floats followed including entries from the Music Trust and the Rotary Club, a magicians hat complete with a white rabbit, a tractor followed by cheerleaders from Cheer Elite, and people on foot.

One of the ladies taking part was 92-year-old Doris Milton, a well known Ledbury fundraiser.

She was sporting an interesting hat depicting the Market Hall in her home town of Ledbury.

She said: "Every time I enter these competitions I win. I was a carnival Queen in Ledbury. I have enjoyed it today."

A spectator and local resident watching the parade through Barnards Green was Marie Cheshmehdoost and her Bichon Frise, Korki, who was shortlisted in the hat competition for his England cap.

She said: "This is my first year at the carnival. It's lovely to see the community coming together. Korki has been shortlisted for his hat. This is his summer hat, he has a winter one as well."

County councillor Lucy Hodgson was judging the hat competition alongside, district councillor Melanie Baker.

She said: "It's been a wonderful day and we have seen some super hats. It's also lovely to see the community out enjoying themselves."

 

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