Caterham Carnival brings touch of Rio to town
A LITTLE bit of Rio came to Caterham on Saturday with the 54th annual carnival.
Some welcome sun, healthy crowds and even a samba band gave the event an up-beat, Latino flavour.
A colourful and noisy procession was headed by the bright outfits and pounding rhythms of the Boco Flogo samba group.
They were followed in a parade around the town's main streets by a cavalcade of seven Caterham 7 sports cars, and also the Caterham May Queen cortege.
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Close to 90 stalls were set up at Westway Common, run by an array of organisations from the town and further afield.
There was something on offer to tempt just about everyone – ranging from a dog show and a soccer skills stand to a bouncy castle and a crockery-smashing sideshow.
Arena attractions on the common included displays from members of the Zodiac Gymnastics Club and the Totally Pole Dancing troupe.
The most hair-raising stunts came from Joseph Peace and his fire stunt show.
There was also a funfair to keep the crowds amused.
Wendy Vicars, working on Hillcroft Primary School's sweet tombola stall, said: "I've been coming to Caterham Carnival since I was a child.
"It's got such a great community spirit, and is also a good chance to catch up with old friends you have not seen for ages.
"Last year we raised £350, with the proceeds going towards buying equipment and items for the school."
And the bottle stall run by the 8th Caterham (The Village) Scouts proved so popular it ran out of its stock of 1,200 drinks little more than halfway into the afternoon's proceedings.
Group Scout leader Penny Stock said: "We were beneficiaries of some of the carnival's funds last year.
"This year we are running the bottle stall, with all proceeds going to the carnival committee's chosen causes."
This year's beneficiaries are Caterham District Guides, Ridge Radio, Caterham and Whyteleafe Tennis Club, and the 12th Caterham Scouts.