Picture slideshow: Paulsgrove carnival

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SCORES of families packed out two community’s streets to watch colourful carnivals take place.

The annual Paulsgrove carnival took place on Saturday and saw nine different groups enter floats.

Victory Primary School caretaker Shane Leavers joins pupils for the parade Picture: Mick Young (160767-01)

Victory Primary School caretaker Shane Leavers joins pupils for the parade Picture: Mick Young (160767-01)

Hundreds of people watched the parade as it made its way from King Richard School to Paulsgrove Park, where a variety of stalls, music and activities took place until 4pm.

This year saw a sports theme, and people in the parade wore outfits inspired by football, the Olympics and various other sporting activities.

The event is run by the Portsmouth and Wymering Carnival Association.

Association chairman David Horne said: ‘It has been fantastic as usual.

Maisie James watches the Leigh Park Carnival parade 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160845-1)

Maisie James watches the Leigh Park Carnival parade Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160845-1)

‘It has been brilliant. We have had a lot of the local schools take part and they all put in 100 per cent.’

Activities such as donkey rides, a free bouncy castle, and a visit from a rabbit sanctuary were at the St Michael and All Angels parish church – where bacon butties were on sale too.

The Rev Ian Newton said he was pleased to see the whole community come out in support.

He said: ‘It’s all very positive.

Bikers head the Paulsgrove parade Picture: Mick Young (160767-05)

Bikers head the Paulsgrove parade Picture: Mick Young (160767-05)

‘We want to promote Paulsgrove to be a positive place – and it is a positive community.

‘There’s a lot going for it. It is a really good place to be.’

He added: ‘The carnival is fantastic. It is one of the highlights of the year.’

Watching from Allaway Avenue was Stu Williams, 28, with his partner Hannah Haynes, 26.

Leigh Park Carnival's parade, which was led by the TS Alacrity band
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160845-6)

Leigh Park Carnival's parade, which was led by the TS Alacrity band Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160845-6)

Hannah, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s great to bring everyone together and have a nice family day out.’

Also with her family was pensioner Patricia Stevens, 77, from Paulsgrove.

She was with her husband Henry, 84, and their grandchildren Shearon Russell, 13, and Ava Russell, nine.

Patricia said: ‘It is a good event. I came last year too. It’s good for the kids and to bring the grandchildren to.’

Groups that took part were; Hillside Youth Club, Beacon View Primary Academy, Portsdown Primary School, The Victory Primary School, Little Paws Nursery, 53rd Portsmouth (2nd Paulsgrove) Scouts, the Volunteer Police Cadets, Sanzaru Bikers and TS Intrepid. The procession winners were Victory Primary School, second was Little Paws Nursery, third was Beacon View.

Also taking place on Saturday was the Leigh Park Carnival, which saw people leave from Park Parade, and proceed to the Greywell Centre.

The carnival had a ’60s theme, and there was a range of fun activities held throughout the day in Park Parade.

Tina James, 40, of Hursley Road, Leigh Park, had brought along her three children.

Reese, three, Faith, nine and Maisie, two, were all sporting impressive outfits after their mum spent a week designing and crafting them.

Reese was Bobby Charlton, Faith was a spacewoman – in honour of Neil Armstrong – and Maisie was decked out in Woodstock hippy clothing.

Tina said: ‘We do it every year, we enjoy it.’

Cllr Beryl Francis added: ‘We always have a community event this time of the year, usually at Stockheath Common but we decided that this year we would have it in the precinct so that we could deal with bad weather.’