On Saturday 17th August, Southend Carnival took place along the streets of the town. Sir David, along with James Duddridge MP and Mayor John Lamb joined in with the celebrations.
The procession of roughly 60 floats and acts typically attracts upwards of 20,000 people and the fine weather this year meant that a party atmosphere gripped everyone that was present. Local businesses, musicians and performers entertained the crowds while local charities received thousands of pounds in donations.
Sir David, along with James Duddridge MP, had the honour of judging the float contest. Each vehicle was splendidly turned out, but Fair Havens Hospice’s display came out on top. 'Go Wild’ came second.
Following the event, Sir David said “I always enjoy coming along to Southend Carnival. It is fantastic to join with so many local people and feel the strong sense of community. This year, it was an absolute joy to judge the float contest – not only to see the hard work that has gone into producing the displays, but also to speak to some of the volunteers about the outstanding organisations which they were representing. I would like to congratulate everybody who made the Southend Carnival 2019 such an outstanding event.”