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Bognor Regis Carnival, 7th June 2015

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The leader of the Carnival

The leaders of the Carnival and Dolphin Marching Band

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the Pirate-theme carnival in Bognor Regis during which we got to mingle with the one and only Jack Sparrow! I was really looking forward to this year’s event as it has been taken over by the Bognor Regis Carnival Association and I had an inkling that it was going to be even more special than last year. Well, I am delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed and the whole event proved to be a great success, all the more for the weather being sunny and warm, just perfect for a celebration such as this.

Alice in Wonderland float

Alice in Wonderland float

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It was wonderful to see so many children from various schools and performance groups taking part, looking so proud and having such a marvellous time, some even came from nearby towns such as Littlehampton and Hastings. I always find this type of thing very heart warming, as I know how much this means to them and their families.

Our neighbours from Hastings

Our neighbours from Hastings, Hastings Coastal Twirlers

Being a seaside town, we just have to have pirates, which I love, and they were jolly and merry and put a smile on everyone’s faces, as did the Super Heroes on bikes, ranging from Batman and grumpy Hulk to uplifting Buzz Lightyear: simply superb!

And the Pirates arrived!

And the Pirates arrived!

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Getting everyone dancing

Getting everyone dancing

All the Super Heroes together on their bikes

All the Super Heroes together on their bikes

But I have to say that my absolute favourite was the Bognor Regis Swimming School float, with all the children dressed up as characters from The Little Mermaid film, which still holds a big place in my heart as an all-time feel-good movie , with great characters and songs.

My favourite float: Bognor Regis Swimming Club and The Little Mermaid theme

My favourite float: Bognor Regis Swimming Club and The Little Mermaid theme

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One of the things that keep me going through the winter in the UK and helps me keep my sanity is my weekly Zumba class in one of the local schools and I was very pleased that our group was asked to take part this year. Here are two of the lovely instructors who make it all possible and keep us fit and healthy, Clare and Linz. We had a 25 minute slot that had to be cut short to 13 minutes due to some other events running overtime. Still, it felt great to be part of it.

Clare and Linz, our Zumba instructors

Clare and Linz, our Zumba instructors

Here are a few more photos of this happy occasion. I hope you like them and that maybe some of you can come and join in the fun next year.

Our very own Queen!

Our very own Queen!

And local Lightbulb celebrity!

And local Billy Lightbulb celebrity!

Local school performers

Local school performers

Local school performers

Local school performers

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Robin Hood float

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seaside float

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Littlehampton Queen and Princess

Littlehampton Queen and Princess

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Pirates of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Sunday 15th June 2014

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Pirates fighting on Bognor Regis seafront

Pirates fighting on Bognor Regis seafront

Today, our lovely town held a summer carnival based on a Pirate theme and we were all for a wonderful surprise when Jack Sparrow himself landed (or more like it, was hoisted) from his modern day Black Pearl – read speed boat – to the delight of all, big and small.  

Spirit FM on stage

Spirit FM on stage

 

The event started at 11.45 am, courtesy of Spirit FM West Sussex, outside the Regis Centre and Alexandra Theatre, and we were kindly advised to look out at sea for the momentous event. We obediently followed and were rewarded with the arrival of the most famous (should that be infamous?) pirate in the history of film making.

Pirates waiting for their captain, Jack Sparrow

Pirates waiting for their captain, Jack Sparrow

 

Where is the Captain?

Where is the Captain?

 

The Captain arriving on Bognor Regis Beach in a modern age Black Pearl

The Captain arriving on Bognor Regis Beach in a modern age Black Pearl

 

A little help from the pirates

A little help from the pirates

 

On dry land at last ready to lead his team of cut-throats

On dry land at last ready to lead his team of cut-throats

 

Jack Sparrow (or rather his official double) had the tall task of leading a mob of cut-throats and a very excited crowd of locals and visitors on the parade along the promenade to the pier.  He proved to be a great fun-loving character with a marvellous people’s touch and he made sure he took time to pose and have a laugh with all those who called him and even those who didn’t.  I must admit I could not resist the temptation (why should I, anyway?) and had something better than a ‘selfie’, as I went for a proper cuddle! I was later punished for my daring behaviour and was abducted by another and equally charming pirate. Glad to say I lived to tell the tale!  I felt flattered when later on Jack approached me and said to me: “You’re crazy, you are!”  Well, it takes one to know one!  Love him!

Jack Sparrow leading the parade along the promenade

Jack Sparrow leading the parade along the promenade

 

Posing for the crowd

Posing for the crowd

 

The Samba Band

The Samba Band

 

The crowd!

The crowd!

 

A mean pirate!

A mean pirate!

 

Some wonderful outfits from the locals

Some wonderful outfits from the locals

Jack Sparrow being a good sport posing for me

Jack Sparrow being a good sport posing especially for me!

Having a cuddle with The Captain

Having a cuddle with The Captain

 

Being abducted for my insolence!

Being abducted for my insolence!

 

Some innocent bystanders

Some innocent bystanders

 

There were loads of events on the schedule, including the Nyodema Drummers (fighting poverty through music) and a dancing group from the local Laburnum School, as well as spontaneous pirate fights all over the seafront and a Zumba dance session which required audience participation and yet another fun event I was unable to resist and, of course, joined in.

The Nyodema Drummers

The Nyodema Drummers

 

The Nyodema Drummers

The Nyodema Drummers

 

Dancer with the Nyodema Drummers

Dancer with the Nyodema Drummers

 

Dance group from the Laburnum School

Dance group from the Laburnum School

 

Dance group from the Laburnum School

Dance group from the Laburnum School

 

 

Captain Sparrow mingling with the crowd

Captain Sparrow mingling with the crowd

 

 

More young dancers

More young dancers

 

Having proper seafront fun

Having proper seafront fun

 

There was also a sea rescues demonstration show from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

 

The carnival ended with a presentation of prizes to the best pirate outfits presented by Jack Sparrow himself at 4 pm. A fabulous and fitting way to finish a fun-filled day. And a good time was had by all!  Can’t wait for next year!

Prize giving and closing of events

Prize giving and closing of events

But the pirates still fought on!

Will these pirates ever have enough?

Will these pirates ever have enough?

 

I am also very proud to say that the whole event was filmed by my son’s film and video company’s crew Storms Edge Productions: http://www.stormsedgeproductions.co.uk/

Storms Edge Production team member

Storms Edge Production team member hard at work

 

My son with Storms Edge Production hard at work on the stage

My son with Storms Edge Production hard at work on the stage

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