Carnival day of fun in the sun
WORLD Cup fever swept the country this weekend - but there was only one event on the minds of Werrington residents.
Hundreds of residents took to the streets of the village on a scorching Saturday in the city to witness the razzle dazzle of the Werrington Carnival Parade wind its colourful way down Amberley Slope.
But, while England proved to be a major disappointment in South Africa, there was only smiles, claps and cheers in Werrington as people young and old celebrated the popular annual event.
Despite the carnival coming into its 41st birthday it showed no signs of slowing down as and was bigger and better than ever.
Youngsters and adults alike made a supreme effort with their costumes and performances, with everything from bumblebees to butterflies and marching bands to garden gnomes, seen in the parade.
Youngster Chloe Hobbs took pride of place on her float as the Carnival Queen.
She must have been taking tips from the real Queen who attended Wimbledone for the first time in more than 30 years, as the youngster carried out her duties the day with style and dignity.
After the parade, revellers headed to Werrington Primary School’s fields to take part in a host of activities.
The event, organised by a subcommittee of Werrington Scouts and Guides Council, raises money for the upkeep of the Scouts and Guides headquarters.
Over the years, Scouts have helped the parade in many ways. Cubs and Beavers have joined in the Carnival Parade while older Scouting members helped out running stalls.
Scout group spokesman Tom Boughton said the carnival has always been a big part of the Scouting and Guiding calendar.
He said: “It is great to think the money raised from the Carnival gets ploughed back into the community.”