THERE were lots of happy faces as an annual carnival and gala returned on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
The sun shone as colourful floats, created by school and community groups, paraded through the streets of Portchester on Saturday.
After the carnival, which left the Portchester Community Centre and went down White Hart Lane, a gala fun day was held with a funfair at the castle.
Fareham MP Mark Hoban judged the floats and declared TS Tenacity winner of the community group category, St Mary’s lambs as the winner of the pre-school category and Wicor Primary as the winner of the children category.
Mr Hoban said: ‘It was amazing, there was so much ingenuity and creativity gone in.
‘It was an amazing day.’
Wicor Primary’s float was named the Wicor Express and the school chose the theme Around the World in 80 Days.
Julie Middle, 39, a volunteer at the school, even dressed up as Phileas Fogg, a character from the book.
Mrs Middle said: ‘All the children have been learning about different languages and flags so it was the perfect theme. They have all made flags and learnt how to say hello in different languages. The children have done all the work themselves and have spent hours making the float.’
Ward councillor Geoff Fazackerley drove his double-decker bus as part of the parade.
Cllr Fazackerley said: ‘It’s lovely to see so many people turning out.
‘It’s great to be here and it’s great for the community.’
The annual event is organised by Portchester Community Association.