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
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 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.