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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Sun shines on Askam Carnival

SUNSHINE and samba music brought out hundreds of revellers for this year’s Askam Carnival.

Residents decorated the streets with bunting and watched the parade from their gardens.

The event was opened by a parade from Parklands Drive to Duddon Sports and Social Club, where families gathered waiting for the fun to start.

Carnival queen Tiffany Southward and her attendants were on hand to get Saturday’s carnival under way.

Duddon Inshore Rescue, South Lakes Search and Rescue and Askam’s own DJ Smog, aka Chris Brown, were joined by members of Askam’s Scout group and hundreds of eager dancers.

Revellers queued from the carnival ground on to Duddon Road waiting to enter the event.

Dave Coram of Greengate Street, Barrow, said: “This is the first time we’ve been.

“My daughter is in the parade, it’s a good day for it and there’s loads to do.”

Eileen Moore of Waterside, Askam, said: “I come every year, I’m here with my family today.

“There’s always a good turn out and it’s really good this year.”

Members of the Third Duddon Askam and Ireleth Scouts helped the carnival run smoothly.

Leader Derek Johnstone said: “We’ve got a stall here to let people know what we do. Some of our members are doing their community challenge badge so they are doing a bit of community service.”

Chairwoman of Askam Carnival Committee Councillor Jill Heath heralded the event as a massive success.

She said: “It was fantastic, we’ve had nothing but positive comments.

“The weather helped and so did the venue. We were going to move the site around the village but it worked so well I think we will leave it there.

“We’re all thrilled by its success. It was just brilliant. The whole day was a highlight.

“We’ve got the steel band and the samba band back for next year as they were so successful.”

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