Procession leads the way for Bishop’s Waltham carnival

DRUMS The Batala Samba Band from Portsmouth at Bishop's Waltham carnival.      Pictures:  John Natt
DRUMS The Batala Samba Band from Portsmouth at Bishop's Waltham carnival. Pictures: John Natt
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ROCK’N’ROLL invaded Bishop’s Waltham at the town’s annual carnival.

After a procession of a dozen floats from local groups and organisations, all on the musical theme, wound through the town’s streets, more than 4,000 people descended on the Hoe Road rec.

STILTS The carnival procession gets under way

STILTS The carnival procession gets under way

This is the fair’s second year at the site after moving from the Bishop’s Waltham Palace grounds, and it was packed with stalls, food and funfair rides on Saturday. Run by Bishop’s Waltham Rotary, it gives proceeds from the day to a number of local worthy causes.

Group president John Edwards said: ‘What we are trying to do is make it a bigger event – more of a community event, and the majority of the money goes back into the community.

‘There’s also a lot of local groups here with stalls who can raise money for themselves.’

Leland-Joe Fuller-Trotter, three, was decked out as Elvis with fake sideburns, quiffed hair and giant sunglasses. He had been part of the Tiddlywinks preschool float.

His mum Rebecca Atkins, of Battery Hill in Bishop’s Waltham, said: ‘He loves all types of music, so he’s been loving this. I just like that the fair gets everybody together and we can all have a good time in the summer.’

Sebastian Ellingsen, nine, there with dad Jan and step-mum Helena, said: ‘It’s fantabulistic. I loved the bit where I could dress as a Roman soldier.’

Sister Freya, 10, added: ‘The procession was cool – the drums were amazing. I loved the way they kept the beat.’

Stuart Thorne, from Waltham Chase, had daughter Tilly, three with him. The 41-year-old said: ‘This is the first time I’ve been since I was about 15, but it’s lots of fun for the kids and she’s had a great time.’