I would publicly like to say a personal thank you to the Ryde Carnival Association Committee, our helpers and everyone who took part in Ryde Illuminated Carnival on 1st September.
Sorry this has been a bit late coming, but I went to a party straight after the carnival on Saturday and crawled home at 02.45am!! And then helped our Treasurer count the money with his wife Jo and my eldest Maxine.
I thought that Saturday was the most fabulous event, I couldn’t believe the numbers of people who turned up to watch the carnival, it was the largest crowded we had, had for at least 3 years.
It was lovely to see all the Queen’s Floats and I was really pleased that West Wight managed to join us. As usual Mas Fusion, San Simone, Medina Marching Band, Ventnor Comic Jazz Band, RAW Samba, and Vectis Coup of Drums put on a fabulous show. Thank you to all the wonderful families who turned up with group entries made it extra special, well done to the Barbie entry who won the Bestival Cup (Thanks Rob for choosing her, it made her day!) We had the most wonderful evening.
Thank you to all my committee members who came to help on Saturday, you all deserve a big pat on the back we couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you to the Ryde Senior & Junior Queen’s, our Yeomen Eric & Paul and the troupe you have done Ryde proud, and I personally don’t care how many times I have to say it you were all wonderful!!
A huge thank you to Paddy McHugh and his Island Events Stewards, without whom our carnival just wouldn’t go ahead, we really couldn’t do without your hard work. Many thanks to the Royal Naval Association for allowing us to use you as stewards as well, and to the British Red Cross for providing such invaluable medical support during the event.
Also I want to thank Mark Williams, Mike Collins and DTM without your invaluable knowledge and road traffic management skills the carnival just wouldn’t happen.
Thank you all so much for your freely given time, dedication and hard work.
Thank you one and all for making Saturday night such a great event.