Rain fails to dampen carnival fun

Saturday 3rd September was Merchant Navy Day, set up to honour the brave men and women who kept our country safe during both world wars and celebrates our dependence on the merchant seafarers of today who are responsible for 95 per cent of the country’s imports.  This includes half of what we eat. 

Megan and I with the Red Ensign .  It was officially raised on Saturday morning by a member of our CCTV team.

Megan and I with the Red Ensign . It was officially raised on Saturday morning by a member of our CCTV team.

Because Saturday is not a working day for the council we decided to hold our own “flag raising” ceremony a day earlier so my cadet (Mean Newbury) and I did the honours, posing with the Red Ensign, the UJ Merchant Navy’s official flag, which was to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs across the UK.  Local councils were all invited to take part.

Friday evening, John and I attended the inaugural charity dinner and ball of Pershore Rotary Business Twilight Club in a marquee in the grounds of The Angel Hotel.  Harriet Baldwin MP and the Mayor and Mayoress of Pershore were also present. 

Harriett Baldwin MP, Darren Eden (Chairman of the Pershore Rotary Business Twilight Club) and me.

Harriett Baldwin MP, Darren Eden (Chairman of the Pershore Rotary Business Twilight Club) and me.

It was a very relaxed evening with excellent food and wine, great company and live entertainment with very generous participants in a charity auction and draw in aid of those in the community, not as fortunate as us, who need help and support.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the evening, meeting new and old friends in a really lovely atmosphere.  Well done Pershore Rotary.

On a rather wet and miserable Saturday John and I travelled to Stourport to take part in their annual Carnival.  We started off with a pre-parade drink and nibbles at the Civic Centre before walking down to The Old Beams Public House to join the procession across Stourport Bridge and round the town to the former Magistrates Court where we stopped off so that we could view the carnival floats. 

Band getting wet at the start of the procession

Band getting wet at the start of the procession

Sadly it rained for most of the procession and unlike us, who had brollies, the band and many of the participants got rather wet.  Such a shame.

Me with some members of the Egyptian float during one of the official stops along the way, to allow the police to manage traffic

Me with some members of the Egyptian float during one of the official stops along the way, to allow the police to manage traffic

At 3pm we were invited by the Mayor to witness the crowning of the Carnival Queen, before joining him and his other civic guests on private cruisers for a trip on the river.  Thankfully the rain had mostly stopped at this point so we could enjoy the delights of the river banks and other craft, including some decorated cruisers.  We were invited to the Yacht Club for a splendid buffet which was followed by another trip on the river to view the decorated boats ending with a firework display.

One of the collectors

One of the collectors

The organisation of the day was undertaken by the Carnival Committee, the river cruises and the meal by members of the Yatch Club.  On behalf of all the other Civic guests I expressed a public thank you to everyone for their hard work.  Hope they made lots of money for charity.

The carnival queen

The carnival queen

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