Carnival float competition winner announced

PUBLISHED: 18:11 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

Pat Lloyd-Ruck, Chloe Bloyce, Elissa Keating, Alfie Slade, Hattie Altuparmakova (correct), Florence Burch, Finley Bates, reporter Alistair Nelson and William Driver. Photo: Gordon Ridgewell

Pat Lloyd-Ruck, Chloe Bloyce, Elissa Keating, Alfie Slade, Hattie Altuparmakova (correct), Florence Burch, Finley Bates, reporter Alistair Nelson and William Driver. Photo: Gordon Ridgewell

THE winner of the Saffron Walden Reporter s carnival float competition has been announced. Saffron Walden Nursery School, on Shire Hill, picked up the top prize of £500 and the use of a truck to turn into a float for the carnival procession on Saturday Ju

THE winner of the Saffron Walden Reporter's carnival float competition has been announced.

Saffron Walden Nursery School, on Shire Hill, picked up the top prize of £500 and the use of a truck to turn into a float for the carnival procession on Saturday July 5.

Nursery manager Pat Lloyd-Ruck said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won this prize.

"It is a tradition at the nursery to enter a float in the carnival, but this year we couldn't get hold of a float and it would have been the first time in 30 years that we haven't entered.

"When I saw the competition in the Reporter I knew we had to give it go and I'm so pleased we did!"

The winning entry created a buzz amongst the judges who were impressed by the children's chosen theme for a float - their favourite film The Bee Movie.

Carnival chairman Eamon McCourt said: "On behalf of the Saffron Walden Round Table I would like to offer my congratulations to Saffron Walden Nursery School.

"Their entry was very creative and I think their idea to base the design of the float on The Bee Movie will really fit in with Hollywood theme of the procession. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished float."

Sales team leader at the Reporter Carla Thomas, who was on the judging panel, said she had been wowed by the children's use of colour and different textures.

"It's very sweet and there has obviously been a lot of hard work put into it," she said.

The truck has been kindly donated by agricultural contractors Byford Farm Services, based at Newport.

Company owner Neil Byford said: "I want to congratulate the nursery school for winning the competition and I am really pleased to help them enter the Carnival procession.

"I'm sure they will be able to turn the truck into a wonderful float!"

The carnival procession, the largest non-funded parade in the country, attracts thousands of people to the streets of Saffron Walden to watch the colourful spectacle.

The Hollywood theme is a celebration of all things Americana and a cavalcade of 50 vintage American cars, trucks and Harley Davidson motorbikes will lead the more traditional selection of floats.

Ms Lloyd-Ruck added: "The carnival organisers have always been very generous to us and we have received donations from them in the past.

"Now we have a lot of work to do ordering the materials and building our float. The children are really looking forward to it and I'm sure all the parents are as well!

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