On Saturday 11th June, Tops Corfe Mullen took part in the Corfe Mullen Carnival procession and we are very pleased to announce the nursery was awarded 1st place in their category for having the best float!
The Carnival has been a major event within the village with this year marking the 50th consecutive Carnival. 5,500 people attended the Carnival this year, a record on past years, helping to raise many thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes. Over £40,000 has been raised in the past decade alone.
As the Carnival was held on the Queen’s official birthday, staff, children and parents from the nursery were invited to join the Tops Street Party on the 45ft float dressed in their finest attire. All the staff dressed as members of the Queen’s Guard, the children as members of the Royal family and the babies as corgis. 250 union jack gift boxes were made to hand out to children watching the parade, filled with stickers, red, white and blue balloons as well as a recipe card for a traditional treat from our new no added sugar menus.
The children at Tops Corfe Mullen had great fun preparing for the event by making flags, crowns and decorations for the float and costumes for themselves.
As children boarded the float, each one was given a balloon and the crown they had made at nursery, before taking a seat with their family and friends…we even had a friendly dog join us! As the 1.5-mile route to the recreation ground in Badbury View Road started, all the children waved at onlookers whilst listening to traditional English music. Walking alongside the float was Marty Mouse, the Tops mascot, wearing a crown fit for a royal.
We would like to thank all the staff, parents and children who attended the carnival and joined us as part of the procession, we couldn’t have done it without you!