Community carnival is big hit despite wet weather

14/7/12_sb'Action from the  Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.'The 2nd Bridgemary Rainbows.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-504)

14/7/12_sb'Action from the Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.'The 2nd Bridgemary Rainbows.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-504)

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THE organisers of the Bridgemary carnival have praised hundreds of people who turned out to take part despite the wet weather.

More than 600 people proudly marched through the streets of Bridgemary in Gosport for the annual event on Saturday. It’s the second year the event has been hit by wet weather.

14/7/12_sb'Action from the  Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-567)

14/7/12_sb'Action from the Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-567)

Marking the theme of ‘2012 – A year to remember’, youngsters from local schools, scouts and dance groups took part, fronted by the Big Noise Community Samba Band.

People wore costumes celebrating the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Lesley Ward, chairwoman of the Bridgemary Community Association, said: ‘It was absolutely fabulous. I can’t believe that they turned up again in this weather. It was an absolutely incredible atmosphere.

‘They were wearing colourful costumes and had smiling faces. Even when the heavens opened they still carried on.

14/7/12_sb'Action from the  Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.'Pupil and staff from Bridgemary School.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-833)

14/7/12_sb'Action from the Bridgemary Carnival on Saturday morning.'Pupil and staff from Bridgemary School.''Picture: Steve Reid (122392-833)

‘People were just smiling and happy. People came out of their houses clapping.

‘It’s just a wonderful way to bring the community together.

‘It gives a sense of pride to this area.

‘For a small part of Gosport we consistently each year produce a wonderful carnival. The numbers just keep growing.’

Afterwards, a celebration was held at Bridgemary Community School with lots of stalls and entertainment.

Flavia Trewin, of the Jacobs Well Family Church, added: ‘It’s absolutely wonderful. This is our second year of doing it and we are thrilled to take part.’

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