Smiles brighten up soggy Gosport carnival day

FUN Carol Russell sells toys at the Gosport Carnival  Pictures: Sarah Standing (121585-2668)
FUN Carol Russell sells toys at the Gosport Carnival Pictures: Sarah Standing (121585-2668)

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THE beaming smiles on the faces of Gosport youngsters brightened a soggy carnival day.

They braved the gloomy weather to dress up in their finest outfits for the Gosport Carnival which had to be transferred to a car park because Wimpole Park was so muddy.

SMILES Connor Stone, 11, Tyler Stone, three and Payge Stone, nine '(121585-2067)

SMILES Connor Stone, 11, Tyler Stone, three and Payge Stone, nine '(121585-2067)

At the front of the procession was Carnival Queen Sonia Thomas, 23, who was joined by Carnival Princesses Hannah Rix and Georgina Hiller, both 13.

Hannah said: ‘Our job is to walk around and smile a lot and support the Carnival Queen.

‘It is quite cold but we’re still having a really good time.’

Organiser Brian Russell, from the Gosporteers, said he was disappointed that the weather wasn’t brighter but the people who did brave it had enjoyed themselves.

Mr Russell said: ‘It’s been a bit of a struggle and the weather has been against us but there’s not much you can do except get on with it and have a good time.

‘Radio Haslar has been entertaining everyone and had them all up doing the conga, the hokey cokey and the YMCA.

‘The location isn’t ideal but the council has bent over backwards to help us and we’re grateful for that.’

Local schools joined the procession which left from the park.

And from the St John Ambulance Badgers group youngsters dressed as the Queen and Prince Philip from the 1950s until the present day.