Leaving ‘Chance’ at Swanley marina we had a great journey home last Thursday. We were hoping the Bank Holiday traffic would hold off, which it did, and we covered Nantwich to Selsey in 4 hours with no hold ups. We’re now home for two weeks for James to see his specialist at St Richards Hospital in Chichester and to attend a couple of special events.
Selsey held its annual Carnival this Bank Holiday weekend and we found ourselves helping rather than watching. Neil, a friend and local business man, had a float in the carnival procession and asked us if we would help distribute leaflets and sweets to the crowds.
The Carnival procession took place yesterday and it was a great day for it – the sun was so hot at first we were slapping on sun tan lotion. The turnout of floats was brilliant, both in number and presentation. Here are just a few in preparation before the start:-
1st Selsey Scouts.
Selsey Operatic Society.
Here we are. Neil’s company does a lot to support local charities and to draw peoples’ attention this year he asked his staff and friends to model these very fetching skin tight Lycra bodysuits! We had our very own Catherine Jenkins lookalike (perched at her office computer) who sang Dolly Partons’ “Nine to Five” all along the two and a half mile route, and the float was equipped with smoke machine and confetti canons to keep us all amused.
The Cheer Leaders.
There was no cricket being played on this pitch this weekend.
As expected, a perfectly presented Royal Navy Float.
An RMS Titanic tribute float.
One of the leaflet and sweetie distributors!
No, we’re not on fire!
It was a fantastic turn out. This was very much the case all along the route.
In the evening Neil very kindly treated the helpers to a meal at the pub and after we’d had our fill we returned to the cricket field where we enjoyed…………….
…………….a superb firework display.
Selsey has its own firework factory so we are always treated to a really good display. We have three displays every year: one for Lifeboat Week, one for Carnival and one in the Autumn.
After the fireworks some of us had a few rides on the Funfair – here’s James and another James about to test their digestive systems!
It was a splendid and successful day for everyone and we all slept soundly in our beds last night.