Colourful Leigh Park carnival is a real Big Top party

FUN Hollie Kite, six, left, with Scarlett Kite, three, on the tea cups. Pictures: Sarah Standing (122244-9449)
FUN Hollie Kite, six, left, with Scarlett Kite, three, on the tea cups. Pictures: Sarah Standing (122244-9449)
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THERE was plenty of clowning around at Leigh Park carnival.

Dozens of people donned outlandish costumes, wigs and face paint for the event, which this year had a circus theme.

CIRCUS SKILLS Chris Wild from Fareham. (122244-9393)

CIRCUS SKILLS Chris Wild from Fareham. (122244-9393)

The walking procession, including music from TS Tenacity, snaked its way through the centre of the estate to Stockheath Common.

The weather was kind as scores of people gathered on the common for a funfair and entertainment from magicians and ventriloquists.

A highlight was a street dance performance by Havant-based dance academy Southzone.

Faith-Mia James, five, won the fancy dress competition.

Mum Tina James, 36, of Hursley Road, Leigh Park, said: ‘It’s a nice, fun day out.’

Chris Wild, 66, a circus enthusiast from Fareham, rode his special ‘riding machine’ for the parade.

He said: ‘You operate it by bouncing up and down on the saddle.’