High spirits for Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival

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HUNDREDS of people turned out for the annual Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival.

Despite the threat of rain, families went out to watch the traditional float parade from King Richard School in Allaway Avenue on Saturday morning.

Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival: 53rd Portsmouth Scout Group who came third with their float during the carnival. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141949-4271)

Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival: 53rd Portsmouth Scout Group who came third with their float during the carnival. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141949-4271)

This year’s theme was world wars, with children and adults dressed up, along with cars and military vehicles.

The procession started at around 10.45am moving towards Hempsted Green.

Angela Ball, husband Tony and their two children, Joseph, four, and Frankie, who will be two in August, were among those watching the parade as it passed their house.

‘We have watched this for quite a few years now,’ said Angela.

‘The children love it. They love watching the children go past singing and having fun.

‘When they are older they will go and get involved themselves.’

Dozens of people gathered at the green, opposite the Allaway Avenue shops, to greet the parade.

Stalls, games, funfair rides and a stage with live music were all enjoyed.

Graham Cranmer, vice-chairman of the Lime Grove Cape forum, said the group was at the event to help raise money for its chosen charity, Canine Partners.

He said: ‘We raise money here every year for our chosen charities.

‘We choose a different charity to support every two years and usually raise between £1,500 to £1,800 over that time.’

The group’s chairman, Pat Russell MBE, added: ‘We all work together here and everybody helps to bring the event together.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt was also at the event.

She said: ‘It is brilliant. This event is well established now and is well attended by people from the community and the surrounding areas.

‘It is really nice to see people here and the world war theme is really thoughtful and really well done.

‘It is fantastic; I love events like this.’