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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Ulverston Carnival 2013

THE Rolling Stones stole the show when they headlined Glastonbury for the first time last weekend.

But on Saturday Ulverston fire service’s very own homage to Mick Jagger was the talk of the town.

The firefighters became a YouTube sensation with their LMFAO Party Rock Anthem dance at the 2011 Ulverston Carnival – and now each year their entry is keenly anticipated.

This year, on a sun-drenched afternoon in front of huge crowds, they entertained with a hilarious routine of Maroon Five’s Moves Like Jagger – a stunt which earned them the prize for most humorous entry. They were just one of numerous good sports who filled the procession with wacky costumes.

Sol Street, 29, of Ormsgill, Barrow, watched the parade outside his brother-in-law’s house in Stanley Street, where his family resumed their annual water fight with the fire service float.

Mr Street, whose wife Susan, and kids Lolah, 11, Sol, eight, and Neo, four, all joined in, said: “This is the first time we’ve lost – they got the big guns out today! Lolah was hiding, but Sol and Neo got absolutely soaked and I think Susan got it worst!”

Iris Allardyce, 75, was watching the parade in Cavendish Street, having made the trip from Manchester to visit her son Lee Allardyce, who owns Drift Drilling in Ulverston.

She said: “I’ve enjoyed it very much. There’s beautiful clothes and music of course – you can’t go wrong with a bit of jazz, can you (referring to the band onboard the restored Fowler Steam wagon from Bardsea Leisure Park)? I quite liked the Jagger group, they were good.”

Councillor Judy Pickthall, Ulverston mayor, said: “It’s the best parade I’ve seen. I thought the costumes were really good this year and a lot of effort has gone into it. I was very entertained by the quality of the music – we couldn’t decide which was the best band because they were all really good in their own field. And we had one or two really good old-fashioned floats, which is good to see.”

Cllr Pickthall thanked the carnival committee – in particular Peter Winston and chairman Jan Hancock – and the 40 stewards dotted around the parade and 20 on Ford Park. She said: “It’s exceptionally well organised by the committee. I’m proud of Ulverston, that so many people are prepared to come and help.”

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