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Leighton Buzzard Carnival 2019 WINNERS

​​​​Once again, our Friends Within members entered a float to the Leighton Buzzard Carnival.​ This year we themed it '50 ​Y​ears of ​Mencap, 50 ​Y​ears of ​Music​', in celebration of LB Mencap's 50th anniversary. Members chose their favourite rock, country or pop star of the past 50 years. ​O​ur music mirrored their choice of Elton John, Cher, ​J​onny Cash and Madonna to name a few.

Our float was in the open group today with ​two​ other organisations​ and we were astounded to retain our title of WINNERS ​for a second year running!​ We were asked not to disappear from the ring as we may be needed again. ​And w​e were​, this time winning most enthusiastic float of the procession! As you can imagine we are absolutely proud as punch!​​

The whole team​, members and volunteers,​ worked​ tirelessly​ together since April to create our entry​​​, c​reating art pieces, learning about 1969 to the present day music and artists and learning ​Makaton to perform on route, ​​add​ing an inclusive form of communication to our display by signing ​'​You've ​G​ot a ​F​riend in ​M​e​'​ from Toy story​, ​​which the judges and onlookers loved!​ ​​

All in all a wonderful day!

Thanks to all who helped us wield paintbrushes or give encouragement. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to:

- Our volunteers: Ashleigh​,​ our ​A​rt Co-ordinator​, ​for your planning and implementation of the display​;​ Karl for art support​;​ Silvia, Mary, ​S​tuart, Abbie, Jamie, Chris, Lizzie, Josh and Andy for cutting, painting, shopping for resources and supporting members​;​ Coral for leading the ​M​akaton sessions and on the day.

- Leighton ​B​uzzard ​B​owls ​C​lub for helping us with space for an art day and social lunch.

- Peter and Jane Masters of Mini Clipper for the use of their vehicle, yard and ​d​river Chris.

- Perfect Parties for helping with our balloons.

- Steven at Luton DJ services for lending us equipment and our playlist.​

- And of course, all our members for your imagination and hard work throughout the project and your enthusiasm and good spirit on the day. You all inspire us​.

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