Blaze of glory for groups at Sunshine Carnival

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Organisations, businesses and charities are revelling in glory after being awarded trophies and rosettes in Eastbourne’s recent Sunshine Carnival.

As well as 20 highly commended floats and walking entries, trophies were presented to three of the outstanding entries of the year. Best commercial entrant was Eastbourne Theatres; the best voluntary group was the Eastbourne Working Men’s Club and overall Best in Show was the 23rd Eastbourne Scout Group (pictured above).

Carnival patron Stephen Lloyd MP said, “It was difficult to choose from such a fantastic parade just three overall winners. The winners really showed the Carnival spirit and brought a lot of smiles to the crowd.”

The Best in Show winners received the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival Shield to keep for a year with their name inscribed as Winners 2013.

Pageant Master Dave Cooper added, “We listened to feedback from last year’s participants and realised there needed to be a presentation ceremony to those who had been judged winners.

“Well done to them. We hope they enjoy their trophy – but I suspect the competition will be even fiercer next year.”

Mr Lloyd also paid tribute to marshals who helped make sure the event run smoothly especially the Sovereign Sailing Club which once again showed real community spirit by volunteering its regular marshalling team (pictured below).

He said, “The club is well-known for volunteering their time at events and as well as helping at both this year’s and last year’s carnival have also assisted with events such as the Save the DGH march and the Eastbourne Half Marathon.

“Securing experienced road marshals is always a challenge so I was delighted the sailing club stepped up again this year. They marshal at a lot of Eastbourne events so really know the ropes; the club is another example of the fantastic community spirit in out town.”

Mark Fryer from the club said, “It was a great afternoon and we were so pleased to help out at an event that shows Eastbourne at its best”.