Pictures: Saffron Walden in the grip of carnival fever

10:27 10 July 2014

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It was a 'Magic' Kind of Rock night on Saffron Walden Common.

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With Saffron Walden in the grip of carnival fever our picture galleries recap the ‘8 day weekend’ celebrations so far.

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It all began with X Factor winner Matt Cardle sending fans into a frenzy last Friday and continued with the amazing spectacle of 108 floats being paraded around Saffron Walden the following day.

A carnival queen has been crowned, dancing queens partied the night away to ABBA’s greatest hits, and a Queen tribute band rocked the marquee on the Common.

All it needs now is for the Queen herself to make an appearance!

• Click on the galleries (top right) for more on the carnival procession, soap box derby and the nightly events held throughout the week.

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Saffron Walden police station was deserted last week after the reported sighting of a rat

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A large number of parents and toddlers turned out to celebrate 20 years of Buffy Bus.

Toddlers and their parents celebrated the 20th birthday of Uttlesford’s only playbus, by getting on board last Thursday with Buffy balloons and the eating of a blue, vehicular cake.

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District councillor for Thaxted, Martin Foley, said

“People power” and canine resistance have been called upon to oppose the latest application to build 100 houses in Thaxted.

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Dentisit Dr Issa Abdul-Ghani and dental nurse Anje Cairns outside Saffron Walden Community Hospital, where they have rented their NHS practice for the last eight years.

An NHS dental surgery with 5,000 patients on its books looks set to relocate out of town as soon as the end of next year, leaving residents concerned over whether they will get the future treatment they require.

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