SOUTHBROOM St James Academy and Southbroom Infants took a trip to the Isle of Wight last week to take part in Ryde Mardi Gras parade.

More than 1000 children and adults took part which this year celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

The parade last Saturday depicted the journey to freedom and democracy for the British people and the 64 strong Southbroom group represented the freedom of movement declaration.

They were the only school to be invited outside the Isle of Wight after winning the Devizes Carnival last year.

Jess Durnford, nine, said: “Everyone was smiling as I flew past in my blue plane costume. We also had time for a paddle in the sea and a picnic on the beach. It was the best day ever.”

Rachel Merritt, year three teacher, said: “It was wonderful to be invited to take part in such an inspiring, intelligent and thought provoking parade. The children not only had a wonderful time but came away understanding the relevance of the Magna Carta pledges to them.

“The Southbroom St James community places huge importance on its engaging creative curriculum and it was exciting to have the children’s talent recognised by a national carnival group.”