After last year’s downpour many a worried glance was given to the grey overcast sky at Helmdon Carnival.
But the afternoon skies cleared as the floats assembled at Falcutt.
The year the theme of the event was television and the entries were: Village school, Robin of Sherwood; brownies, Fame; youth club, Top of the Pops; sports club, Upstairs, Downstairs; Wives and Mothers, Match of the Day; WI, Gardener’s World, Young Husbands, Miss World 1984.
All the entries were of such a high standard that the judges Mr Mills, a former head teacher at Helmdon school, and his wife, had a very difficult task choosing a winner. They finally awarded first place to the sports club and the junior prize to the school.
Led by the Northampton Scout Band and the Banbury Cross Twirlers Majorette Troupe, the parade made its way to the sports field where Mr Mills declared the carnival open from the top of an opened topped double-decker bus.
Everyone entered into the fun of the day. The stall and sideshows were kept busy. There was a dog show, the best in show being awarded to Black Magic of Arden Gate owned by Mrs. C Wiblin. The best non-pedigree dog was Mickey, owned by Katie Tyler of Weedon Lois.
The wellie throwing results were: Under 14 Darren Hensley; ladies, Miss P Whitley; gents, Mr Taylor.
Tossing the sheaf: Phil Robinson; stepping the chain, David Brookhouse. The number of sweets in the jar was 287 and Malcolm Coates was the nearest with 286.
During the afternoon there was a display by the band and the majorette troupe and by a local model aircraft club. Also on the field was a vintage coach, and vintage motor cycles.
The bowls contest winners were: gents, jointly, Steve Cherry and Mr Ryder; ladies, Mrs Shellard of Middleton Cheney,
The Friends of Helmdon School staged a flower and vegetable show as a token of thanks for all the support they had received from the village. Overall winners were: Fruit and vegetable section Jack Ayres; home produce, Miss H. Be(e)ch; tidiest allotment, Pete Lidgley; best kept garden, Mr and Mrs Reardon.
Skittle winners were: gents, jointly, R Ratledge and Mr Bates; ladies, Mrs Whitley; under 16, Thomas Sykes.
In the evening, for those with the energy left, a dance was held in the Reading Room with music by Cairns Sound.
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