Eden Crumplin, 12, with her Olympic torch and stormtroopers Steve West, Terry Butcher and Ross Walmsley. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THERE was an Olympic treat in store for at Cowes Carnival.
One of the Island’s torchbearers, 12-year-old Eden Crumplin, led the colourful procession through the town, carrying the torch she had used during the Olympic relay.
Eden, of Haylands, Ryde, had carried the torch through Lymington during the Island stage of the relay last month.
She was cheered on by crowds once again as she was joined by belly dancers, Smurfs, American Indians and colourful floats from all over the Island.
Leading the carnival queens was the Cowes Queens’ prize-winning float.
There was also music from members of TS Osborne’s marching band, Storm Troopers from Star Wars and dozens of air hostesses, both male and female, from the Wight Strollers’ Try Me Airline.
Lynn Hammond, chair of Cowes Carnival Committee, said: "This year has been brilliant. We have had the highest number of walker entries ever. We even three people here who came over from Littlehampton Bonfire Association.
"What has really pleased us is the level of support we have had. Without that, you can’t carry on. We have businesses and the general public behind us."
The mayor of Cowes, Cllr David Walters added: "It is wonderful to think we have so many dedicated people on the Island helping young people and putting so much time and effort into these wonderful floats and parade, which gives people so much pleasure."
• Full results in the Friday, August 10, County Press.
• Pictures from our online gallery www.iwcpgallery.co.uk below.
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