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Pawlett primary's winning entry

Schoolchildren ensure Bridgwater Carnival is in safe hands

THE future of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is still very much in safe hands, despite the popular illuminated carnival procession being cancelled for the past two years.

As with many other events all around the world, the Covid-19 Pandemic has meant Bridgwater Carnival as we know it has not been seen on the streets of Bridgwater since November 2019.

However this has not deterred the enthusiasm and interest of local schoolchildren in the town’s carnival tradition and last month 16 local schoolstook part in a Bridgwater Carnival education project and competition, which saw children deploy a variety of techniques to decorate large Venetian style carnival masks on the theme ‘The Future’.

The masks were then positioned around the town to create a trail, and during the Sedgemoor Masquerade Week members of the public could take part in a special competition to locate all 21 masks and be entered into a prize draw.

The schools and nurseries who took part in the project and decorated the masks were: Somerset Bridge primary, Northgate primary, St Mary’s primary, Willowdown primary, St John and St Francis primary, Brent Knoll primary, Pawlett primary, Cannington primary, Stogursey primary, Otterhampton primary, North Petherton primary, Puriton primary, Bridgwater College Academy primary, Martock primary, Little Crickets nursery, and Haygrove secondary.

While the masks were on display around the town centre, a special team of judges had the difficult job of choosing their favourite three.

Overall winner

Pawlett primary has now been announced the overall winner of the prestigious competition and recieves £150 prize money.

Somerset Bridge primary (£100) was second and Willowdown primary (£50) third.

Sarah Humphrey, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s Entertainment and Schools Liaison Officer, said: “Once again the children have designed some absolutely wonderful mask creations, and I am extremely grateful to all the participating schools and nurseries for continuing to support and engage with our carnival education programme.

“The children are the carnivalites of the future and they will be the ones who will hopefully maintain our carnival tradition for their children and their children’s children.

“We hope that their involvement in these types of projects will enthuse and inspire them to become
involved in carnival in the future.”

The winner of the mask trail prize draw and who wins a £25 gift/book token is Monty Joseph from North Petherton.

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