Dickens brought to life at colourful carnival

PARADE 53rd Portsmouth, Paulsgrove and Wymering Scouts at''Paulsgrove carnival. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122104-104)
PARADE 53rd Portsmouth, Paulsgrove and Wymering Scouts at''Paulsgrove carnival. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122104-104)

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THE streets of Paulsgrove and Wymering were awash with colour as a procession of floats and youngsters in costume made its way through as part of a spectacular carnival.

Families from across the community turned out for the Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival, which is in its 27th year.

TANKARD Rebecca Jones, left, and Heather Mills on the Hillside Youth carnival float. (122104-156)

TANKARD Rebecca Jones, left, and Heather Mills on the Hillside Youth carnival float. (122104-156)

Many participants created floats in the spirit of this year’s Charles Dickens-inspired theme.

Starting at King Richard School in Paulsgrove, the army of colourful creations made its way down Allaway Avenue and up Washbrook Road before finishing at Hempsted Green by midday. A samba band also joined in.

Kirstine Impey, explorer Scout leader for 53rd Portsmouth Scout Group, which made a float based on the Dickens novel Oliver Twist, said she was delighted with the turnout.

‘We’ve taken part in the carnival for five years,’ she said. ‘We absolutely love it.

‘It gives the kids the chance to dress up and have a good time.

‘Last year we made a Doctor Who float and the year before that we went with a St George and the Dragon theme. It’s been a great day and the atmosphere once again has been fantastic.’

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas handed out prizes to the best-looking floats.

There was also live music, a children’s funfair, car boot stalls and refreshments on Hempsted Green.

Cllr Jonas said: ‘The level of community spirit is always the same.

‘A lot of people from the area turned out and had a great day.’

Mark Grice, 39, was there with his wife Sarah, 33, and children Robert, nine, and Jennifer, three.

He said: ‘I’ve been coming along to the carnival since I was a kid. It’s an essential part of the community.’