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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Millom Carnival

BOUNCY castles, huskies and a parade were just some of the activities at Millom Carnival.

All the usual fun including hook-a-duck, a tombola and street food featured at Millom Rugby Club grounds on Saturday, as well as the chance to raise money and awareness for good causes.

A group which launched a number of projects earlier this year including cleaning up overgrown plants, litter-picking and helping the elderly, raised more than £1,400.

Millom and Copeland Community Group chairman Wayne Ruddy, said the group was not limited to just gardening but willing to help with any community needs.

Mr Ruddy, 38, said on the day: “It’s going really well today, we have been very busy. Every single penny goes back into the community.

“We don’t want to be known as a gardening group. We are here to give the community whatever it needs. We are speaking to people to see what they want, including socially.”

The group raised £1,439.78 selling MCCG green bands for £2, a raffle, name the bear and a weight-lifting competition. Funds will go towards future projects.

Former carnival queen and Miss Teen Great Britain finalist Skye Mitchell, 15, said: “It’s been a really great day and everyone is just getting involved. The last few carnivals have been getting bigger and bigger.”

Millom Mothers won best carnival float with their “save our clock” float for the town’s clocktower.

Horse and Husky owner Sonia Gager brought along three of the dogs which are used for dryland mushing.

Mrs Gager said: “The kids love it. We’ve not been able to have rides today because it is too hot for them, they would be happy if it was -30C. The children have loved coming to meet them and stroke them.

“They are very happy and affectionate dogs. All of them are rescues, because they are not really domestic pets. They are very energetic and need lots of space to run around.”

South Copeland Age UK locality manager Linda Chapples said: “We have had face-painting and all sorts.

“It’s been so busy that there’s always been a queue. It’s been an opportunity to raise funds for the charity and awareness of what we do.”

Kidznhers owner Michelle Marshall, 26, sells children’s clothes and balloons online.

She said the day had been a success for her business.

Mrs Marshall added: “It’s gone really well today and the loom bands have been really popular.”

Millom Health Action Group donned yellow under a yellow marquee. Spokesman Ian Reed said: “The response from the people is positive.”

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