Carnival procession shines in hot weather

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UNEXPECTED sunshine gave this year’s Bridgemary Carnival an extra boost.

With a theme of Whatever the Weather, including umbrellas and snowmen, organisers had not been expecting this year’s heatwave.

The Big Noise Community Samba Band at the Bridgemary carnival.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132027-1857)

The Big Noise Community Samba Band at the Bridgemary carnival.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132027-1857)

The annual carnival started in Bridgemary School in Wych Lane, before moving to Brewers Lane, then Nobes Avenue, before heading back to the school.

And waiting at the school were stalls, and plenty of free activities.

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Kim Russell is manager of the under-12s team for Solent and Gosport Ice Hockey.

She said: ‘It was brilliant, and really good fun.

‘We took part in the parade, some of us walked, and some of us were on roller skates.

‘It was lovely to see people lining the streets to watch.

‘And there were some people sat outside enjoying a sandwich as we went past.’

The carnival enjoyed a boost of £595 this year, after it won a grant from The News and Comic Relief’s £50,000 giveaway in April.

The procession was started by Gosport council’s Councillor Michael Geddes, ward member for Bridgemary South.

The Bridgemary Carnival Association would also like to thank Southern Co-operative for donating 500 bottles of water at short notice.