Pictures of popular Sussex parade in the year it was revived

When Bognor Regis Carnival was revived in 2009 after four years without one, at least 25 organisations expressed an interest in taking part in the parade. Bognor Regis Town Council had fully expected it to take a while for the carnival to build up again, after its absence, so it was delighted with the response. On the day, thousands of spectators came from far and wide to see the procession, headed by the carnival queen and her two princesses. The seafront between the Regis Centre and West Park was packed up to three deep in places.

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Crowds line the streets for the return of Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Crowds line the streets for the return of Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018

Children and adults of The Village Pre-School in Pagham scooped the prize for the best push-and-pull entry, with their Hawaiian-themed costumes and palm trees. They then returned triumphant the following year to claim the 2010 prize for best children’s walking group with their eye-catching Captain Hook pirate ship, one of the biggest entries that year.

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Tom Hughes and Ben Fox as Bill and Ben with Denise Hughes as Weed at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
The winning Hawaiian-themed entry from The Village Pre-School at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Girls from Felpham Youth Wing at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Bognor Library's Jane Chilton and her daughter Ellie at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Bom Bom's newsagent's Sue Winter at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Venecian inspiration from Sue Winter and Sandy Scott at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2009. Picture: Louise Adams C091018
Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Bognor Baptist Church at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Maracato Cruzeiro do Sul at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Blues brothers Pip Frederick and Dodge Holden at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Adams Casey White battles the red dragon on the Home Start group's float at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
The Antique Broads at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Laburnum Grove School's dance club at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957
Aldwick Road's Flower Pots at Bognor Regis Carnival in 2010. Picture: Louise Adams C100957