Today’s blog is an account of carnival day by Rebecca, a volunteer & Museum Support Assistant here who helped design, build and decorate our float!
Rebecca, Eleanor & Sara with the finished float!
The day started at 9am, with myself, Eleanor, Sara, our volunteer Baden and our driver Eamon at the Museum. We had the task of carrying all the gigantic models from The Andrews Room, through the garden, down some steps and onto the float. Most of the models were over 1metre tall and some even wider, so it was very much a team effort. When we had got all the models onto the float, we decorated the float and had a well deserved cup of tea.
Putting our models onto the float
Baden making sure everything is fixed to the float,
Eleanor and I then proceeded to carry 32 balloons through Folly Island to the float meeting point at Hartham. We were so impressed with the other entries, and only knew too well how much hard work must have gone in!
Getting ready to set off from Hartham
Wheatcroft Primary School's float
The procession started at 2pm and we waited for our number to be called. It was stop and start for a while, but when we turned round the corner into Old Cross, there were so many people we just looked at each other in awe! We had two volunteers walking with us for the procession, Heather and Dawn, and we all handed out leaflets advertising the Carnival Model Railway and the Museum’s 6 weeks of summer holiday fun. The crowds were so dense that handing out leaflets to everyone was really difficult, so I mainly targeted families with young children.
Our float from the back
It was quite disorientating walking along, with everyone shouting and in fact, I later learnt that my family and friends had been right in front of me calling my name, but I had just looked straight through them! Despite that, it was so wonderful to see everyone smiling and waving- definitely a great atmosphere and the sun was shining throughout!
We finished soon after 3pm down at Mead Lane Industrial site, which was a long walk in the sun. We drove back through Hertford, and the crowds were still waving. We all met up at the Seed Warehouse Stores to disassemble the float. For the last time we all teamed together to lift down the massive models, and the rain held off until the very last moment when we were carrying the Kakapo- nice green faces and feathery arms for my walk home!
Turning in Mead Lane Industrial Estate (we made it!)
It was a lovely day, and when we stood back to look at the float, remembering that over 400 children had participated with us along with lots of our own volunteers, building on the great relationship that Hertford Museum now has with the local schools and community.
Rebecca and the Kakapo!