Crowds are wowed at Titchfield carnival

l'Carnival Queen Charlie Lodge (15) arrives to be crowned with her attendants Lucie Newbury and Emma Allen-Jones and Carnival Princess Sophie Alley and attendants Dion Light and Bobby Light.'Pic Mick Young'28/10/2012
l'Carnival Queen Charlie Lodge (15) arrives to be crowned with her attendants Lucie Newbury and Emma Allen-Jones and Carnival Princess Sophie Alley and attendants Dion Light and Bobby Light.'Pic Mick Young'28/10/2012
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CROWDS converged on Titchfield for the village’s historic carnival.

Thousands of people headed to the village square to witness a display of floats, performances and impressive costumes at yesterday’s event, organised by the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society.

The historic event has been held in the village every year since the 19th century and enthusiasm showed no signs of waning.

People also enjoyed activities in Barry’s Meadow including face painting, music lessons, circus lessons marching bands and refreshments.

Visitors and residents were wowed by Charlie Lodge, 15, who was crowned carnival queen and attendants Emma Allen-Jones and Lucie Newbery.

And floats filled with people in fancy dress paraded through the streets, creating a true carnival atmosphere.

Ann Whyntie, chairwoman of Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, said: ‘It went really well. There were more crowds for the evening but there were lots of families in the afternoon.

‘The floats were really well received and the bands were great. There was an Olympic float and there was one with the Queen going up the Meon instead of up the Thames.

‘There were lots of dancing troupes and I think everyone has enjoyed themselves.’

Meanwhile Titchfield and Gosport Drama students from the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy won first prize for their entry in the carnival’s ‘walking class’ with their theme ‘Outer Space’.

Pupils aged between five and eight were among those who donned colourful costumes to parade through the village.

Andrea Ward, principal of the academy’s Portsmouth branch, said: ‘The 125-year-old carnival is a great opportunity for my pupils to shine and enjoy the self-confidence developed at classes.

‘The children love dressing up and being part of a community celebration. The weather stayed dry and the smiles on the children’s faces said it all.’

Posters designed by Titchfield Primary School pupils Emily Kerr, five, and Ben Frampton, eight, had been put up to promote the event after the pair won a competition run by the organisers.