VIDEO & PHOTOS: Combe Martin wheelbarrow race
THE second week of carnival festivities in Combe Martin finished with an extra large bang last Friday.
Emergency services had to be called after stray firework sparks set the cliffside on fire.
The drama happened at around 10pm as people gathered on the beach to watch the fireworks which took place after the wheelbarrow race and parade.
Dave O'Farrell, carnival secretary, said the event was well marshalled, meaning everyone was led away from the fire immediately and no injuries were caused.
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"Some sparks from the fireworks caught the cliffside alight," he added. "It was right on the cliff edge. The emergency services were called out. They couldn't see the fire but they squirted a hose down the cliffside and it went out."
Earlier on in the week the main carnival parade took place on Wednesday night, attracting hords of colourful floats and walkers.
Smurfs, pirates, Oompa Loompas and superheroes made their way from one end of the village to the other.
"There was a lovely atmosphere," said Dave. "Plus the rain stayed away which was great. We had real good quality floats and walkers too.
"A lot of work had gone in from everyone."
Thursday night featured carnival bingo in the village hall.
Then on Friday night before the fireworks, there was a children's pavement art competition in Borough Road in the morning.
This was followed by the popular wheelbarrow race which took place through the village along with a second parade.
There were seven entries in the speed wheelbarrow race.
Fancy dress options included sunflowers, babies, geishas and gnomes.
Dave said Friday night was possibly busier than the main parade last Wednesday.
He added: "We had lots of fancy dress in the parade on Friday which kept the crowds entertained.
"We also had the fantastic fireworks which were set off at 9.30. There were probably more people there last night than on Wednesday. It was really well attended."
Dave said the £2,000 worth of fireworks were the main attraction of last night, with many people commenting they were the best they had ever seen.
The final day of the carnival finishes on Saturday with a static motor show in the car park adjacent to the Pack O' Cards in the High Street.