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SUMMER FUN: Hundreds come together for Abbots Langley Carnival (VIDEO)

 Published on: 10th June 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hundreds of people assembled at Manor House Grounds on Saturday, June 8, to enjoy the summer delights of the annual Abbots Langley Carnival.

A little overcast in the morning, the day soon warmed up and residents were out in their numbers browsing stalls, feasting on candy floss and hot dogs, and enjoying an assortment of rides and games.

The parade was led by a fleet of motorbikes followed by schools, community groups and residents of all ages, all clad in an array of space-themed costumes. The judging of costumes was led by former Tough Ten committee member Pat Waterton and councillor Jane Lay on School Mead.

The carnival hosted many stalls including several run by local groups like the Monday Club, Abbots Langley Community Centre, RSPCA, Watford Lions and Watford Disability. There was a crockery smash run by the Scouts, curry served by Noor Mahal, a barbecue, raffles, a high striker and even an Abbots News stall! Our reporters relished the opportunity to speak to residents and hear their feedback about the magazine.

As well as a fairground replete with several rides including a ferris wheel, there was a play area with a variety of bouncy castles for children. Particularly popular was a ‘zoo’ stall in which punters tried to win a large fluffy creature to take home – our Abbots News reporter tried their luck but didn’t manage to bag the octopus they had their eye on!

Gagan Mohindra, Conservative MP candidate for South West Hertfordshire; Revd Peter Waddell, vicar of Abbots Langley; and local photography enthusiast Stephen Danzig were all also in attendance.

The carnival has been organised by Watford Lions since 1980.

Ash Panchal, Watford Lions Carnival Committee chair, told Abbots News: “It’s fantastic – all these people have turned out to take part. It’s wonderful to see the community come out and celebrate this day with us. It’s a lot of effort…but somehow it happens every year.”

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