Rowner carnival is full of colour despite the downpours

FUN The carnival procession. (122324-2)
FUN The carnival procession. (122324-2)

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CREATURES of myths and legends – as well as a rather appropriate mermaid and a pirate or two were the stars of this year’s Rowner Carnival.

Dozens of youngsters, their families, teachers and group instructors took part in the walking parade around the Rowner estate in Gosport.

But because of the constant downpours part of the route, which winds through the estate had to be abandoned as the roads had become water-logged.

However, when they returned to the Siskin Schools Campus on Nimrod Drive, the party carried on, mostly indoors.

Organiser Debbie De La Haye said: ‘Considering the rain, we still had fun – the kids were all still singing and dancing.

‘We had such beautiful weather last year, but I guess you can’t have everything. We’ve still made the most of it and done the best we can.

‘There were some people who turned out on the route to cheer, and you could see quite a few watching from their windows.’

Among those leading the procession were Helen Restall, of Old Road, as a fire queen and her daughter Jorja, 10, as a flower princess.

Helen, 43, said: ‘I’ve been taking part since it started in 2003 and it’s a fun thing to do.

‘It’s a shame about the weather but we can’t control that. We made these costumes and we wanted to show them off regardless.’

And members of the Bridgemary Carnival Association, who have their own event this coming weekend, also took part to show their support.

Rosellen Lambert, of Privett Road, said: ‘We love carnivals anyway, so we love it here.

‘Any excuse to put some silly clothes on and have a bit of fun. And it’s good for people to get together and celebrate where they live. So much work goes into this.

‘We had it really wet for ours last year, so we didn’t think it was too bad today.’

Groups that took part included the Siskin schools, the local Scouts and Brownie packs, as well as the Holbrook Twirlers and Big House Samba troop.