Crowds and sun come out for ninth Bridgemary Carnival

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HUNDREDS of happy faces lined the streets of Gosport to welcome the ninth annual Bridgemary Carnival.

The colourful display saw groups from all over Gosport pitch in and dance their way around Bridgemary on Saturday lunchtime, before ending with a fun-packed afternoon of activities on Bridgemary School field.

Bridgemary Carnival Parade along Wych Lane. 6th Gosport Air Scouts ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151012-9)

Bridgemary Carnival Parade along Wych Lane. 6th Gosport Air Scouts ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151012-9)

The event is run by Bridgemary Carnival Association and this year was made even more enjoyable thanks to glorious sunshine.

Lesley Ward, chairwoman of the association, said: ‘Yet again it has surpassed all expectations. I’m absolutely astonished at the lovely costumes, participants, and the crowds that came out.

‘It’s been absolutely perfect, we’ve done Gosport and Bridgemary proud.’

Scores of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 6th Gosport Air Scout Group dressed up as Dalmatians, inspired by the Disney film 101 Dalmations. At the front was Lisa Young, cub leader, who was dressed as baddy Cruella de Vil.

It’s been absolutely perfect, we’ve done Gosport and Bridgemary proud.

Lesley Ward, chairwoman of Bridgemary Carnival Association

Lisa said: ‘The carnival gets better every year. It’s such a great way to get out in the community and have fun.’

Also parading were members of the Bridgemary Rowner and Woodcot Community Association, who had a theme based on children’s nursery rhyme Wheels on the Bus.

Chairwoman Louise Hancock said: ‘It is lovely and a great opportunity for the community to come together.’

Luke Williams, 14  Picture: Paul Jacobs (151012-12)

Luke Williams, 14 Picture: Paul Jacobs (151012-12)