THE Mayor of Wellington, Cllr Marcus Barr, has spoken of his pride at how well the town’s annual carnival parade passed off.

Cllr Barr became the first mayor to head the procession, walking the entire route in his mayoral robes from Rockwell Green to Cades.

He was accompanied by several other dignitaries, including the High Sheriff of Somerset Robert Drewett and visitors from Torres Vedras, which is Wellington’s twin town in Portugal and which he will visit at the end of October to attend its carnival.

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Cllr Barr told town councillors: “We had a great evening walking the route so many people being introduced to the High Sheriff.

“I have got to thank our staff for putting on a great reception and making people feel welcome.

Gemini Carnival Club's float Noah taking part in Wellington Carnival.

“It was a really great evening which brought lots of families into town for a very enjoyable carnival which we should all be very proud of.”

He said the only blot on the evening was the lack of advance media coverage which meant some people were left not knowing what was happening.