Carnival capers will pull in the pounds to help hospices

113854-976_SHEPERD_SR_29/10/11'Lee Shepherd and Tracey Savage with their spooky costumes which they are wearing at the Somerset Carnivals to raise money for The Rowans and Salisbury Hospicecare.''Picture:Steve Reid 113854-976
113854-976_SHEPERD_SR_29/10/11'Lee Shepherd and Tracey Savage with their spooky costumes which they are wearing at the Somerset Carnivals to raise money for The Rowans and Salisbury Hospicecare.''Picture:Steve Reid 113854-976
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DRESSED in ghoulish gear, this couple make a spooky sight.

Tracey Savage, her partner Lee Shepherd and his 15-year-old daughter Sophie will wow thousands of people with their spine-chilling costumes at the famous Bridgwater Carnival in Somerset on Friday.

The trio from Copnor Road, Copnor, are said to be the first entry from Portsmouth to take part in the annual spectacle.

They will wind along the procession route in memory of Tracey’s mother Ellie Savage and Lee’s uncle Barry Weeks, who lost their lives to cancer, and have raised more than £300 for the Purbrook-based Rowans Hospice and Salisbury Hospicecare so far.

Under the name the Shepherd Family Carnival Club, their spectacular Pumpkin Jack’s Halloween Tour entry has already proved to be a popular inclusion on the carnival circuit – scooping first prize in its category at the Warminster Carnival on Saturday.

Tracey said: ‘I’m originally from Wiltshire and the carnival is something my mother and father George used to take me to every year.

‘I still get shivers down my spine when I’m taking part in the processions, remembering what it was like to stand on the sideline as a child and wish to be a part of it.

‘I’m sure both my mother and Barry are smiling down on us every time we manage to make children smile and laugh.’

The couple’s costumes were inspired by Sophie, who is a fan of Tim Burton’s animation The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Tracey added: ‘Taking part in a carnival is great fun when you take on the masquerade of another character, and we have met so many fantastic friends.’

Bridgwater Carnival claims to be the largest illuminated carnival in Europe.

Dave Stokes, publicity officer, said: ‘We know they will have a brilliant time, and they will receive an amazing reception as they take part in our carnival. We hope to see them again next year.’

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/Tracey-Savage-Hospicecare and justgiving.com/Tracey-Savage-Rowans