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Bishop's Stortford carnival parade 2022 featuring Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank, Hertfordshire Mind Network, Bishop’s Stortford rugby club, Royal British Legion, Grove Cottage and St Elizabeth’s Centre



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Jubilant June continued in Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday with carnival floats, showground fun and a river flotilla.

The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, who led the parade of community groups through the town from South Mill Arts to Sworder’s Field, thanked all those who took part in the event.

He said the royal-themed carnival, which is organised and financed by the town council, was the perfect follow-up to Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the start of the month.

The military style marching band of the London Fanfare Trumpets in their striking British Guards imitation costume Picture: Vikki Lince
The military style marching band of the London Fanfare Trumpets in their striking British Guards imitation costume Picture: Vikki Lince

“Like at Bish Bash [the Bishop’s Stortford music festival], it was just great seeing lots of people out and having a good time.”

Love Stortford, organised by the town’s churches, kicked off a week of kindness with a float in the carnival. Professional Elvis impersonator Miguel Olivares, a member of the New Life Church based at The Bishop’s Stortford High School, serenaded the crowds while volunteers handed out free sweets.

The town council organised a series of rolling roadblocks and restrictions for drivers to ensure safe passage for the parade participants.

One of the Love Stortford organisers, John Barfoot, said: “The carnival was a blast! Elvis had the crowds singing All You Need is Love, 3,000 tubes of Love Hearts were handed out (next time we’ll need 5,000) and there was a fantastic party atmosphere.

“Well done, Miguel Olivares, our very own Elvis, well done to all the marchers and well done to the carnival organisers for a great procession.”

After the floats reached The Causeway, Love Stortford volunteers hit the streets to give away plants, confectionery and craft kits while their colleagues served free tea and coffee at Sworder’s Field. John said: “What a day!”

One grateful grandad told the Indie: “Although there was a downpour just as the carnival began to go through the town, I was impressed that everyone stayed where they were to support the participants.

The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, riding in the Barons Stansted BMW parade car Picture: Vikki Lince
The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, riding in the Barons Stansted BMW parade car Picture: Vikki Lince

“We were especially grateful to the Love Stortford people, who handed out sweets and offered free tea and coffee on Sworder’s Field. They were a godsend.”

The carnival parade, led by London Fanfare Trumpets, also included representatives of the town's three emergency services: Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Constabulary and East of England Ambulance Service.

There were also businesses such as Barons Stansted BMW, Everyone Active Grange Paddocks, The Pizza Guys and the Little Arts Workshop.

Silver Leys Scouts, Girl Guides from across the town and Army cadets represented the younger generation along with pupils from St Michael’s C of E Primary School.

They were joined by performers from Apton Dance Studio, Hip Hop Pop, Stortford Cheerleaders and Forte Dance & Performing Arts Studio.

Other community groups on parade included Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank, Hertfordshire Mind Network, Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Football Club, the Royal British Legion Bishop’s Stortford branch, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, Grove Cottage and St Elizabeth’s Centre Perry Green.

Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince

For car fans, there were vintage and classic vehicles in the cavalcade.

Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) helped to judge the floats. The winners were Girl Guides Bishop’s Stortford, Grove Cottage and St Elizabeth’s Centre.

At Sworder’s Field, visitors enjoyed a host of activities in the main arena including displays by the Lowestoft Dog Display Team and Coda Falconry, featuring birds of prey from the Middle East and South America, and music from the London Fanfare Trumpets.

At the bandstand, there was entertainment from The Belly Belles dancers, Woodwind of Stortford, St Michael’s C of E Primary School, the town’s branch of the Pauline Quirke Academy, Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society and Hanako Ward.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince

There was also a carnival cruise flotilla on the River Stort where the mayor asked visitors to help him judge the best-decorated boat.

Charities and community groups raised much-needed funds with dozens of stalls featuring competitions and challenges.

Isabel Hospice co-ordinator Renee Friend said: “The weather was not its best at the carnival but people still attended and enjoyed the parade and fun day.

“The team of Isabel Hospice volunteers ran an adults’ bottle tombola and a children’s sunflower tombola, both were very popular.

“Thanks to the generosity of visitors, the wonderful sum of £460 was raised, which could cover the cost of a two-hour home visit to 10 patients in our town by an Isabel community clinical nurse specialist in this our 40th anniversary year. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic support from our local communities.”

Crowds wait for the carnival parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Crowds wait for the carnival parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Bubble fun before the carnival parade arrives Picture: Vikki Lince
Bubble fun before the carnival parade arrives Picture: Vikki Lince
The Indie's Chris Carter with daughter, Jemma (c), wife Dorothy (r), and grandchildren Thea, 6, Billy, 1, and Noah, 2 Picture: Vikki Lince
The Indie's Chris Carter with daughter, Jemma (c), wife Dorothy (r), and grandchildren Thea, 6, Billy, 1, and Noah, 2 Picture: Vikki Lince
Crowds wait for the carnival parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Crowds wait for the carnival parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Bubble fun before the carnival parade arrives Picture: Vikki Lince
Bubble fun before the carnival parade arrives Picture: Vikki Lince
Local police officers head the parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Local police officers head the parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Fire crew from Bishop's Stortford Fire Station led by Stortford and Sawbridgeworth Police's specialist quad bike Picture: Vikki Lince
Fire crew from Bishop's Stortford Fire Station led by Stortford and Sawbridgeworth Police's specialist quad bike Picture: Vikki Lince
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue's mascot, Reqs, on parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue's mascot, Reqs, on parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Trumpeter from the London Fanfare Trumpets Picture: Vikki Lince
Trumpeter from the London Fanfare Trumpets Picture: Vikki Lince
Tuba player from the London Fanfare Trumpets Picture: Vikki Lince
Tuba player from the London Fanfare Trumpets Picture: Vikki Lince
The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, riding in the Barons Stansted BMW parade car Picture: Vikki Lince
The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, riding in the Barons Stansted BMW parade car Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford and Harlow based street dance school, Hip Hop Pop, dance their way up Potter Street Picture: Vikki Lince
The parade received royal approval Picture: Vikki Lince
The parade received royal approval Picture: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys Scout Group Picture: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys Scout Group Picture: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys Scout Group leader, Gary Newberry as the King and wife, Anita, as the Queen from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Silver Leys Scout Group leader, Gary Newberry as the King and wife, Anita, as the Queen from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Cubs, scouts and leaders from the Silver Leys Scout Group representing the birds and characters from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Cubs, scouts and leaders from the Silver Leys Scout Group representing the birds and characters from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Cubs, scouts and leaders from the Silver Leys Scout Group representing the birds and characters from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Cubs, scouts and leaders from the Silver Leys Scout Group representing the birds and characters from the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Bunting and balloons lead the way for FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Bunting and balloons lead the way for FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
FORTE Dance & Performing Arts Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Even the (Kentucky) rain could not dampen the King's (Miguel Olivares) mood Picture: Vikki Lince
Even the (Kentucky) rain could not dampen the King's (Miguel Olivares) mood Picture: Vikki Lince
As part of their Love Stortford week, members of Churches Together handed out Love Hearts to members of the crowd Picture: Vikki Lince
As part of their Love Stortford week, members of Churches Together handed out Love Hearts to members of the crowd Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Churches Together, Bishop's Stortford Picture: Vikki Lince
Food Bank Bishop's Stortford treasurer, Jim Tatchell (strawberry), with chair of trustees, Bill MacDonald (carrot) Picture: Vikki Lince
Food Bank Bishop's Stortford treasurer, Jim Tatchell (strawberry), with chair of trustees, Bill MacDonald (carrot) Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Food Bank Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Food Bank Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
Town Centre/Castle Park, Bishop's Stortford. Carnival parade and fun day. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57480549)
Town Centre/Castle Park, Bishop's Stortford. Carnival parade and fun day. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57480549)
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
St Michael's CE VA Primary School Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford Cheerleaders Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Peter Douglas from Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Peter Douglas from Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club's float Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club's float Picture: Vikki Lince
Lisa Muscutt and son, Kayden, representing The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
Lisa Muscutt and son, Kayden, representing The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
The Little Arts Workshop Picture: Vikki Lince
Apton Dance Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Apton Dance Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Apton Dance Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Apton Dance Studio Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Grove Cottage Picture: Vikki Lince
Terrie Archer (l) and Denise Hudson from the Bishop's Stortford branch of the Royal British Legion Picture: Vikki Lince
Terrie Archer (l) and Denise Hudson from the Bishop's Stortford branch of the Royal British Legion Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Cadets and officers from the Bishop's Stortford detachment of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Cadets Picture: Vikki Lince
Essex Community First Aid Volunteers Events and Training, who also provide first aid services for Bish Bash, tail the parade Picture: Vikki Lince
Essex Community First Aid Volunteers Events and Training, who also provide first aid services for Bish Bash, tail the parade Picture: Vikki Lince

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