MP pays tribute to rain-soaked performers at Stanford carnival

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has paid tribute to the perseverance of the Stanford and Corringham carnival volunteers who put on a great show despite the torrential rain and appalling weather.

The annual carnival suffered from some of the worst weather of the summer with many attractions and floats having to be cancelled.

Despite the downpour which lasted for most of the day, some performers stoically continued, putting on the best show possible for the brave onlookers who had ventured out.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “It was such a shame that the weather put a dampener on what is usually such a fantastic and well attended local event. I would like thank all those who worked so hard to organise the carnival and I would also like to pay tribute to all of the performers and volunteers who braved the weather to ensure that the show went on!”

“They really made the best of a difficult situation and I am glad that at least some of the performers got to take part. I look forward to next year’s event and hope that it will take place under slightly better conditions!”

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