Pictures: X Factor star Matt Cardle is joined on stage by TOWIE’s Mark Wright for opening night of Saffron Walden Carnival

PUBLISHED: 11:25 06 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:25 06 July 2014

Matt Cardle took to the stage for the opening night of Saffron Walden Carnival.

Matt Cardle took to the stage for the opening night of Saffron Walden Carnival.

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X Factor winner Matt Cardle kicked off the Saffron Walden Carnival celebrations with a bang as he entertained a packed crowd on Friday night.

The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright was the compère for the Carnival Queen competition.The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright was the compère for the Carnival Queen competition.

The 31-year-old’s appearance on stage was preceded by the carnival queen competition which was compèred by another star name.

Mark Wright, of The Only Way Is Essex and I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here fame, introduced the contestants – all of whom were vying for the highly-sought after crown.

The event took place in a marquee on Saffron Walden Common.

We have a selection of photos taken from the evening – to see more pick up a copy of the Saffron Walden Reporter this Thursday.

The carnival, organised by Saffron Walden Round Table, runs from July 4 to 12 on the Common and throughout the town.

• For more carnival details, including events, visit 8dayweekend.co.uk.

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