Articles in the local Villager News magazine
[written by one of our volunteers].
The rivalry and banter between the two
Langley Villages is well known, but when it comes to supporting
the project both have been 100% behind us in our quest to get
the boat back in service and in cheering us on in their
Over a dozen floats and scores of walkers
of all ages and dressed in all sorts of uniforms and costumes
assembled on School Mead and anxiously awaited the judges
decision. Its 'the taking part' muttered the disoriented as the
winners of this years best floats jumped up and down.
This of course was Little Dick's second
time of taking part at Abbots Carnival so he was very casual
about the whole event, even taking time out to have a chat with
Valerie the Villager's Van!
Our place in the procession was behind
Postman Pat and his Black and White Cat. Along with many others
we did a double take and Little Dick had two photos taken one
with the adult version and then with the children!
Martin took the helm pulling LDF through
the streets with Judith, Maureen and Angi in support. It was
great to be able to shout out 'the boats back'. I couldn’t quiet
keep up that chant as we pushed LDF up Gibbs Hill, but I did
manage a quick chat with the star of stage screen and many a
carnival parade Mr Bobby Crush who in a reverse of roles was
cheering the paraders on.
The following week saw our gazebo lashed
down by the expert rope work of Phil preventing the equally
lashing rain from getting at us. Every one knows it will rain at
Kings Langley Carnival so everyone expects to get at least a
little bit wet!
No parade here, but Little Dick was pride
of place at the front of our stall where he was pleased to meet
with Colin the Pirate Parrot who was rushing around on his three
wheeler bike, franticly followed by Harry who couldn’t quiet
work out how Colin new his name. It's 'cos you're famous 'arry!
This piece has to close with the news of
the refurbished Dicks Folly's first trip out. The honour going
to regular users, and old friends as well as old sea salts HMS
Wildfire. One of their crew must have been on Arc Royal as he
brought his wands to guy the boat back to the landings stage.
Once again the volunteers salute the local community for all its
support over the last year and look forward to seeing you on
[You can see pictures of Little Dick's Folly at Abbots Carnival
on this page.]
Angi Naylor Project Volunteer