Pipers: Nigel, Stuart, Alex, Ian, Tony, David, Tom G. Miranda, Keith G, Keith N
Drummers: James – Snare Don – Tenor Keith – Bass
Sun and showers were forecast for the early evening at Wadebridge Carnival and we arrived at the town bridge at 5 pm. The roads were still busy with Saturday shoppers and the Co-op car park was almost full. The parade was due to start at 7 pm and the weather was cool at that point with a strong breeze. No 2 dress was to be worn with jackets and it was hoped capes would not be required.
With 10 pipers and 3 drummers it was a good turnout and by 6.30 the Band were tuning up and playing. This year they were to lead the procession round the town as another band failed to arrive. Included in the music played were Highland Cathedral, Last of the Great Whales, Green Hills, Scotland the Brave with Mairi’s Wedding and the Scotland the Brave Set (Scotland the Brave, The Rowan Tree, Wings and Bonny Galloway). At one of the stops Rob and Tony delighted everyone with a duet.
The Carnival was of its usual high standard with numerous floats, walking fancy dressers, the Bideford Youth Pipe Band, a Samba Band, Tractors and vintage vehicles. The audience were very appreciative on the crowded pavements and as I tried to keep up along the road I could hear cries of “I just love the bagpipes!” from some teenagers on the sidelines.
A very enjoyable Carnival with the sun shining at times and the rain staying away.