A CARNIVAL atmosphere descended on a town as it was painted red for Red Nose Day.
Whatever your age, there was fun and light-hearted humour to enjoy in Emsworth as it celebrated being Britain’s first official Red Nose town.
Giant 1m red noses decorated the town and local shops were decked in red bunting and balloons.
Emsworth led the way as dozens of fundraisers for Comic Relief were held across the area, including more than 100 people taking part in a charity run at Langstone Technology Park.
Last night Emsworth’s party got off to a wacky start as people dressed up as fishermen and superheroes for a disco in the town square.
Organiser Lulu Bowerman, who dressed as Supergirl, said: ‘The whole town is buzzing. There’s excellent community spirit and everybody has bought into it. There’s bunting up, balloons, it’s like a carnival.
‘We want to raise as much as we can. It’s all for a good cause.’
The Red Nose Day fun carried on into the evening with the village square transformed into a silent disco with families dancing away under red lighting.
Kimberly Brooks was at the disco with her two daughters Ruby, six, and Robyn, two, and her friends.
The 24-year-old said: ‘We loved the silent disco. It was a lot of fun for everyone and the kids loved it. It is great the village could hold an event like this.’
The fun continues this weekend, with all day fancy dress, a Red Nose farmers’ market, street entertainment and a Red Nose duck race on the River Ems.
Hilary Bolt, who runs Emsworth Antiques Etc, named Redcetera for the weekend, is raffling off a bust of the composer Wagner – complete with a Red Nose – at her shop in West Street.
Tickets are £1 and the raffle takes place on Monday.
Hilary, who dressed as a highway woman yesterday, laughed: ‘I have been out in the square holding people up at banana point!’
Dave Ward, 37, was one of scores of people who made themselves funny for money at the Langstone fun run.
Dave donned an inflatable horse, which malfunctioned and deflated as he ran, making it an even tougher slog.
He said: ‘It’s brilliant. It’s an excuse for people to do things that are a bit silly.’