The year’s top event for Bloxwich and district, Bloxwich Carnival, took place last Saturday, and with perfect weather on order this year, couldn’t fail to be a super success with thousands attending, thanks to the massive amount of hard work from the unpaid and often unsung heroes who run the show every year.
Specifically, thanks to Bloxwich Carnival Committee, now headed by Shaun Fitzpatrick as Chair, and other volunteers, including several members of hard-working past Carnival Royalty who give unstinting support. Not to mention the stalwart Walsall Council workers who always provide invaluable support on the day and in other ways . Which is why this year’s carnival feature header is a picture of the committee and volunteers!
Members of other local groups like the tireless Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and the energetic young people of 196 (Walsall) Squadron of the Air Training Corps also contribute hugely to the work of the carnival throughout the year, including the Carnival Royalty choosing event and one of the main reasons for the carnival, the annual Senior Citizens’ Party (now at the excellent Stan Ball Centre, but for many years at the now-demolished Bloxwich Baths).
This year’s carnival was also a very special occasion for The Bloxwich Telegraph, marking as it did the 10th birthday of The Bloxidge Tallygraph and the Telegraph, which it evolved into. One of the main purposes of this website has always been to support Bloxwich Carnival (and the local community) with publicity and by taking the official photographs, all free of charge, and our editor and publisher Stuart Williams has always been delighted to do so, this year as every year. Paying it back and paying it forward is what we do.
Gates opened on 6th August at 12 noon. After an introduction by Chair Shaun Fitzpatrick, in which he thanked 2015 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Charlotte Locke for all her work in the past year, the Carnival was formally opened by our own Bloxwich East councillor and Mayor of Walsall Kath Phillips, who was there throughout the day with her consort Mr Maurice Phillips. MP for Walsall North, Mr David Winnick, also attended in support of the event as usual.
Shortly afterwards, the 2016 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Amber Rolls, Princess Libby Robbins and Rosebud Tayla Parker were crowned at around 12.20pm, looking radiant as the Mayor presented them with their ceremonial tiaras and flowers. They then went on to tour the many stalls on the field before enjoying a well-deserved break and their own fun-in-the-sun on the Pat Collins Fun Fair!
Saturday’s Carnival was free to public admission, which is great, and it’s wonderful that the event is now so well supported locally that this was possible. As usual, the event not only included a huge number of stalls (almost fifty!) and displays by local groups, charities and businesses, but also a range of entertainments including new arena events, and the ever-popular Pat Collins Fun Fair, which really is an essential partner to Bloxwich Carnival, going back to the days of Pat Collins himself.
Fun in the sun in Bloxwich
Apart from the fair, which presented a range of thrilling rides and fun for all the family, there was much more to see, do and enjoy all day in and around the arena, including:
- Ridgeside Lurchers & Hunting Dogs Falconry and bird of prey display
- Alternative Wrestling World’s exciting contests
- Satori Freestyle Martial Arts demonstrations
- The always amazing birds of the Armitage Bird of Prey Centre
- A display of unusual animals including snakes!
- Clive Chandler’s Punch & Judy – popular with all the family
- The Fizzogs Dancing Grannies – who we sadly missed due to covering the Carnival Royalty and hope to catch up with another time.
- Mad Dominic, clown and entertainer. Dom is a regular in Bloxwich and always raises a laugh with his madcap antics.
A big thank you to all involved
With the fantastic weather, great organisation and tons of hard work as well as new and varied attractions in and out of the arena, plus Pat Collins’ Fair, this year’s carnival, the sixteenth since it was revived for the millennium, was a real treat for everyone who attended, and a credit to all concerned. Well done, everyone, and thank you!
The Bloxwich Telegraph is already looking forward to next year’s event – and the next decade of serving Bloxwich folk!
Meanwhile, why not check out our full Flickr album of 170 photos taken on Saturday? Click on the image link below to view and download: