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Cornwall College Carnival Fun
The first Cornwall College Carnival, a free event packed full of entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy, took place in the grounds of Cornwall College St Austell on Tregonissey Road on Thursday 28th June from 12-4pm.
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College said: "We enjoyed welcoming visitors from across St Austell and further a field to enjoy the Carnival spirit at this big community event. A wide variety of music, activities and rides kept everyone entertained and I am sure they enjoyed the stunning views of St Austell Bay from the front lawn of The Keay Theatre, where most of the fun took place."
Activities took place across the impressive campus site and visitors had the chance to get a sneak preview of the new £2m Construction, Motor Vehicle and Engineering Skills Centre, which is due to be completed by September.
The College was also open until 8pm for an Advice Session in John Keay House; visitors enquired about any of wide range of qualification and leisure courses on offer and were able to pick up one of the new St Austell leisure brochures.
The Carnival was opened by Drumba Samba Band from St Blazey with their Latin American/Brazilian percussion and Carnival music. A groovy soundtrack for the remainder of the Carnival was provided by Cornwall College student bands, performing on a special outdoor stage. The Blues Band, Big Band, Soul Band and Splinter dance group played a variety of music to keep crowds entertained.
Particular highlights of the Carnival included a beauty marquee with free treatments: face paints, face massages and manicures, palm reading by Mystic Marg and Gypsy Joy, numerous rides and both field and computer games.
Local people were invited to get into the Carnival spirit by entering the King and Queen of the Carnival and Prince and Princess of the Carnival Competitions. The crowd decided that Jamie Prescott was the King of the Carnival; Jamie entertained the audience whilst hopping on one leg and blowing bubbles and telling a joke. Shelley Greenway, Queen of the Carnival, wowed the audience belting out an Aerosmith song. Prince of the Carnival was a young boy called Starren who also performed a song and Princess of the Carnival was Paige whose winning turn was a lovely little dance on stage.
Nearly three hundred pupils from five local primary schools - Charlestown, St Mewan, Pondu, Bishop Bronescombe and Sandy Hill - paraded their Carnival mask creations throughout the Carnival and competed to present the ‘Best Carnival Mask'. Visiting pupils also enjoyed some of the many children's activities at the Carnival including, sand hand casting, children's story time, face painting and Dairyland's animal corner.