Mermaids and dragons will be Rowner carnival stars

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MONSTERS and mermaids will be the stars of a popular carnival this year.

Mythical creatures such as dragons and the Minotaur will travel around Rowner in Gosport as part of the estate’s annual parade.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out on Saturday to enjoy a day of family fun.

The themed event will see other characters from Roman mythology setting the theme for the carnival’s procession through the streets of Rowner.

Organiser Debbie De la Haye said: ‘The Rowner carnival has now been going for nine years and this year we are hoping it will be bigger and better with some magnificent costumes.

‘We have several groups attending that are using the theme of myths and legends, with Romans, Queen Neptune with a mermaid and sea monster, the Minotaur, a dragon and a local school performing Cinderella.

‘The procession will take the usual route around the Grange estate.

‘We hope the local community will come out and support us whether it rains or shines.’

The carnival procession will leave the campus of Siskin School, in Nimrod Drive, at 11.45am.

The activities will be officially opened by the mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson.

After weaving around the Rowner estate, the procession will arrive back at the school at about 12.50pm.

The parade leaves the Siskin School campus and goes through Grange Lane and Cornwell Close.

It will be led out along the route by two youngsters dressed as a snow queen and a snow princess.

The procession will use pathways to reach Lanyard Drive, Howe Road, Rambler Drive and then Mandarin Way.

It then returns to the Siskin School field for an afternoon of family fun.

People can try a rodeo bull challenge and the person to stay on the longest will win a cup.

The carnival association will also present an award to a Rowner hero who has worked hard for the estate.