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Children’s paintings inspired one of Britain’s leading costume designers, Diana Moseley, and her team to produce Ryde Society’s entry in this year’s Ryde Carnival.

Youngsters and their parents marched with figures bearing giant childlike faces and drawings of Ryde scenes on the back – representing the theme of saving the town’s most iconic sites for future generations. Ryde Theatre, the town’s pier, beach and Appley Tower featured on the ‘Rydies’ creations.

Their entry won second prize during the Main Carnival on Thursday. They also took part in Saturday’s illuminated procession.

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As well as inspiring the costumes, paintings by children from Greenmount Primary School were reproduced on T-shirts worn by those taking part in the carnival.

Diana Moseley, who lives in the town, has made costumes for stars including David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. Helping her create the carnival costumes was a Monkton Arts café team including one of the leading Ryde Society figures, Jonathan Dent, who drove an electric Volkswagen supplied by Esplanade garage in the parade – to symbolise the future.

7-year-old Daisy Sabine, one of about a dozen children in the Society’s procession, had a picture she painted reproduced on her T-shirt, while her dad, Alex, was hidden inside one of the giant-headed figures inspired by her art.

Daisy said:

“I think it is good to save Ryde’s buildings for the future. Save Ryde and make it better.”

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Ryde Society chair Stella Davis said:

“This is our first carnival entry but we think that it’s important that people realise The Ryde Society is not about ‘fuddy duddies’ preserving the past, but about being aware that Ryde, its beach and its beautiful buildings are worth saving for the future.  We hope that the Carnival entry will let people see that.”

You can join The Ryde Society by emailing through their website

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