Rowner gets in party mood with a carnival celebrating estate life

ALL DRESSED UP The Big Noise Samba Band at Rowner Carnival. (112430-965)
ALL DRESSED UP The Big Noise Samba Band at Rowner Carnival. (112430-965)
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DRUMMERS, dancers and baton twirlers provided magnificent colour and sound as the streets of Rowner came alive for the Gosport estate’s annual carnival.

Up to 300 people took part in the walking carnival procession which started and finished at Siskin School, in Nimrod Drive.

HAVING FUN Jade Diamond getting into the carnival spirit. (112430-952)

HAVING FUN Jade Diamond getting into the carnival spirit. (112430-952)

The procession started at midday on Saturday and was led by the Big Noise Community Samba Band, who were beating their drums during the hour-long route.

Deputy musical director Ben Searle said: ‘We had a brilliant time – it was great to see so many people out and supporting the carnival.

‘The drums are quite heavy, and walking with them for more than hour is tiring.

‘But the carnival was fantastic and we hope to play again next year.’

Joining the drummers for the carnival procession were several other community groups, including the Holbrook Twirlers and the 2nd Gosport (Rowner) Scout group.

Caroline Pattinson, of Ensign Drive, Rowner, went along with her family.

The 45-year-old said: ‘I came along because the carnival is a great way to support the community.

‘The procession was marvellous and it’s good to see so many children involved.’

Mum Joanne Cottle, 31, of Cochrane Close, came to support her daughter Kiera.

The 10-year-old is part of the 4th Rowner South Brownies and had been dressed as a penguin.

She said: ‘I had a really good time walking and was dressed as a penguin as I’m working towards getting my penguin badge.

‘I also enjoyed having a go on the tombola.’

The carnival was officially opened by Gosport’s Lady Mayoress Julia Carter.

It takes around nine months to organise the annual carnival, which weaves through Grange Lane, Cornwell Close and along pathways in Lanyard Drive, Howe Road, Rambler Drive and then Mandarin Way.

Organiser Debbie De La Haye said: ‘It was a brilliant carnival.

‘It was a hot day and the walking meant it was tiring, but it was worth it.’

Local station Radio Haslar was also there to provide music, while there were stalls selling food and promoting community groups.