Annual carnival proves a big success

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  • Annual Leigh Park carnival is a success
  • People from across the community embrace Wild West theme
  • Lots of activities for the family
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THE wild west came to Havant over the weekend as part of the Leigh Park carnival.

People embraced the theme with their sombrero hats and marched through the streets as part of the annual event.

Leigh Park Carnival was led by a Carnival Parade and made its way to the nearby Stockheath Common ''Mia Dennis (8) tries to 'pick-a-ticket' ''Picture:  Malcolm Wells (150711-6397)

Leigh Park Carnival was led by a Carnival Parade and made its way to the nearby Stockheath Common ''Mia Dennis (8) tries to 'pick-a-ticket' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150711-6397)

Councillor Faith Ponsonby organised it. She said: ‘It’s been a tradition now for several years and it’s about fun and a lovely day out for the residents of Leigh Park.

‘The community have been incredibly good about giving us prizes.

‘It’s so nice that we can give something back.

‘It’s something that they can sit and enjoy and be a part of. We had a lot of people in fancy dress.’

It’s so nice that we can give something back to the community

Councillor Faith Ponsonby

Local groups were there including Scouts and Cadets and there was a raffle, face painting and some stalls, rides and a bouncy castle.

Megan Link, 21, from Brockenhurst Avenue, said: ‘We wanted to bring the kids down and make it a little bit of a family day out. They love things like this.

‘I think we should do things like this more regularly and make people more aware of it.’

Ann Law and Michelle Thompson were there to support their 10-year-old grandson Aidan Law, who is a Scout.

'LaughingHeart' - Paol (67) was in charge of all of the announcements

'LaughingHeart' - Paol (67) was in charge of all of the announcements

Ann, 68, from Havant, said: ‘It’s good for the community because people can walk here.’

Michelle, 59, from Bedhampton, said: ‘We support all things that go on in Havant. It’s good to do things for the community.

‘It gets people out and it’s good for the children as well.’

From left, Linda Atkins (82), Deputy Mayor of Havant Cllr. Faith Ponsonby (73) and Cllr. Beryl Francis (81) just three of the group of organisers for Saturday's event

From left, Linda Atkins (82), Deputy Mayor of Havant Cllr. Faith Ponsonby (73) and Cllr. Beryl Francis (81) just three of the group of organisers for Saturday's event

LEIGH PARK CARNIVAL        (RS)          MRW     11/7/2015''The 2015 Leigh Park Carnival was led by a Carnival Parade and made its way to the nearby Stockheath Common ''Organisers !- (left to right) Linda Atkins (82), Deputy Mayor of Havant Cllr. Faith Ponsonby (73) and Cllr. Beryl Francis (81) just three of the group of organisers for Saturday's event '''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150711-6450)'Professional Photographer 'Mobile: 07802 217 569'E: malcolmrichardwells@gmail.com PPP-151107-234638006

LEIGH PARK CARNIVAL (RS) MRW 11/7/2015''The 2015 Leigh Park Carnival was led by a Carnival Parade and made its way to the nearby Stockheath Common ''Organisers !- (left to right) Linda Atkins (82), Deputy Mayor of Havant Cllr. Faith Ponsonby (73) and Cllr. Beryl Francis (81) just three of the group of organisers for Saturday's event '''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150711-6450)'Professional Photographer 'Mobile: 07802 217 569'E: malcolmrichardwells@gmail.com PPP-151107-234638006

From left, Cub Scouts Connor Bennetta (12), Zoe Hull (12), and Daniel Bennetta (11)

From left, Cub Scouts Connor Bennetta (12), Zoe Hull (12), and Daniel Bennetta (11)