Floats filled with famous characters parade the Titchfield carnival

IN COSTUME The Southern Starlights at the carnival ' Rosie Wickenden, 10, left and Crystal Johnson, seven.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113783-3)
IN COSTUME The Southern Starlights at the carnival ' Rosie Wickenden, 10, left and Crystal Johnson, seven. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113783-3)
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QUEENS, vampires and Oompa Loompas made an interesting crowd at one of Titchfield’s historic annual events.

Thousands of people hit the village square to see an impressive array of floats, costumes and performances at the Titchfield Carnival yesterday, the latest parade in a tradition stretching back 131 years.

There was also entertainment in Barry’s Meadow organised by the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, ranging from zorbing and rock climbing, to a magic workshop.

Jayne Cornick, 42, of Common Lane, Titchfield, said: ‘The kids had a great time waving at the lions in the procession and seeing everyone in their costumes.

‘It was a really good day for them and it was nice to see all the villagers get together and enjoy spending time with each other.’

Floats filled with people in fancy dress paraded from The Tanneries, to East Street, High Street, The Square, along South Street, up Coach Hill, and Bellfield before looping back again.

Families, youth groups and individuals all got involved in the impressive line-up, and showed off their talents to the village.

And for 14-year-old Bethany Traves, it’s all part of a family tradition.

Sat on a float as Narnia’s White Witch and surrounded by other characters from the famous books, the resident of Hember Walk, Fareham, looked right at home.

Bethany, who has taken part in the procession every year since the age of one, said: ‘It’s quite exciting when you go down the street and see lots of people clapping and cheering as you pass.

‘It took us nearly a month to put the float together, and when you can see that people like what you’ve done it makes all the hard work worthwhile.’

Two separate parades took place, followed by a third torchlit foot procession from The Square to the Beacon.

There was also dancing in The Square, children’s rides, face painting, and the event was finished off with a Beacon Lighting in Barry’s Meadow.

Candice Hands, 25, spent the day dressed as an orange Oompa Loompa as part of her family’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory float.

Candice, of West Street, Titchfield, said: ‘We just love the carnival, I’ve done it my whole life.

‘It’s all down to my mum really, she organises it all and we all get involved to help make everything.

‘It’s just so much fun and you get to see the best of everyone in the village, because they all put their talents into their float in whatever way they can.

‘The atmosphere is always great and this year it’s been amazing.’