Yesterday was Harborne’s eleventh annual carnival – and I’m delighted to say the weather was fantastic!
The carnival, which this year had a Wild West theme, was officially opened at 11.00am. The High Street was full of stalls and fairground rides, and there was already a large crowd of people as I joined the Harborne Councillors, the Carnival Queen and Carnival organisers on the main stage outside W.H. Smith’s for the official opening.
The Conservative stall was on the opposite side of the road, near the junction with York Street. With blue balloons, luminous wrist bands, pens, notepads and even blue teddy bears to give away, plus our special Carnival leaflet of course, it was non-stop action all day. We spoke to hundreds of people and had a great time. We were even close enough to the stage to catch sight of the Irish dancers, choir, Line dancers and Morris dancers who were performing throughout the day.
Another attraction (which I didn’t get to see from our stall) was a wild west re-enactment behind the Varsity pub, complete so I’m told with a very lifelike horse.
The sun shone all day, and the crowds were huge. Then, at four o’clock, a band led the carnival parade down the High Street to mark the end of another very successful Harborne Carnival. Very many thanks to the organisers who do a fantastic job of staging a massive carnival along Harborne High Street, and very many thanks also to the officers of Edgbaston Constituency Conservative Association for organising and manning our best ever carnival stall.