Rain holds off as annual carnival is a huge success

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A WAVE of colour swept through Paulsgrove as hundreds of people took part in the annual carnival.

The 28th Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival procession started up at King Richard School on a two-and -a-half-mile route ending up on Hempsted Green.

IN THE PINK Daisy Earwicker, ten, Aimee Joyce, nine, and Ashleigh Rolfe, ten. Pictures: Sarah Standing (131745-9418)

IN THE PINK Daisy Earwicker, ten, Aimee Joyce, nine, and Ashleigh Rolfe, ten. Pictures: Sarah Standing (131745-9418)

And it was The Victory Primary School that won first prize for the carnival procession, which was themed around maritime Portsmouth.

Teaching assistant Belinda Bevan said: ‘We just feel fantastic. They have put lots of hard work in. They have given up their Saturdays to come in and do their costumes.

‘It’s overwhelming. They are just brilliant, I am so proud of them.’

David Horne is the chairman of the Paulsgrove and Wymering Carnival Association.

He said: ‘It’s an opportunity for Paulsgrove and Wymering to come together and spend a year designing and making up the costumes and the floats.

‘There are lots of grandparents here and parents with children who have seen all 28 carnivals and know it’s an annual, regular event. It’s a lot of planning but it’s really well worth it.

‘The procession as usual was fantastic. People are so creative.

‘It captivates the spirit of the place. People want to come together and be part of this carnival.

‘We love putting this on and long may it continue once we’ve all been and gone. It’s a legacy that will continue for years to come.’ Jade Leggett, 21, from Bromyard Crescent was part of the Pompey Sailors.

The group was set up by Jade and nine other members of her family, who spent weeks meeting up on a Sunday and organising their part in the carnival.

The event took place on Saturday.

She said: ‘We are a big family. We used to do the carnival every year when we were younger.

‘This is the first time we’ve done it. It’s lovely. It’s just nice for the community to get together. This doesn’t happen often. It’s nice for everybody to socialise.’

Other schools to take part included St Paul’s Primary and Portsdown Primary. The Paulsgrove and Wymering Scouts were also involved in the carnival procession.

After the carnival, a celebration was held on the field at Hempsted Green with table-top sales, community information stands, refreshments and a funfair for the children.