Carnival back to capture the town’s spirit

Tring Carnival 2011. Pictures by John Shorthouse.

Tring Carnival 2011. Pictures by John Shorthouse.

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RAIN couldn’t wipe away the smiles, right, as Tring town centre was closed off for the revival of one of its biggest summer events.

Children marched down the high street in fancy dress as the town saw the revival of the Tring Carnival on Saturday, almost two decades since the last one.

Mayor of Tring John Allan, who has chosen to support the event in place of his mayoral charities, said: “This must be one of the most important events in Tring this year and the heart of the summer festival.

“It must be the biggest summer event for about 17 years, with the exception of last year’s Spirit of Tring.

“Despite a very heavy rain storm everybody has turned out to cheer us on. It was a really good procession and a wonderful indication of the support in Tring.

“It should raise a lot of money for the mayor’s charities which everybody will benefit from, plus Tring Arts Trust.”

He added: “Congratulations to carnival charman John Stack and his team .”

The event to celebrate everything good about the town was the centre part of the Tring Summer Festival, promoted by community group Tring Together.

School pupils and their parents joined bands, stilt-walkers and other groups to start the event at 11am.

They headed for Pound Meadow, where a host of activities was held over four days last week, and the carnival was declared open by Tring’s BBC Antiques Roadshow star John Bly.

For a two-page carnival picture special, see pages 6 and 7 of this week’s Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette, out today (Wednesday).