Vintage cars lead the way at Bishop Waltham carnival

MOTORING ON Classic car parade. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131484-2)
MOTORING ON Classic car parade. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131484-2)

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MORE than 4,000 fun-loving visitors made Bishop’s Waltham come alive at its biggest annual event yet.

The event kicked off with the Southsea Batala band leading a procession of nearly 100 vintage cars and motorcycles.

They left High Street at midday and were followed by local groups’ floats, which stopped for the carnival at Hoe Road Sports Field

It was organised by the Bishop Waltham Rotary club, led by president Pete Clarke.

He said: ‘It was absolutely fantastic – the weather was perfect and we had record numbers through the gate. We normally get around 3,000 people.

‘The weather was the main thing – we held it a bit earlier so we weren’t clashing with anything else. We had a lot more classic cars this time, that starts to attract people as well.’

It was opened by the Rotary district governor, Mary Pike.

After 12 months in the making, Pete said the success at this year’s carnival was largely down to Malcolm Wearn, who took the lead organising it. Pete added the day also helps people in the area.

‘It raises a lot of money for the Rotary, which all goes back into the local community,’ he said.

‘People have been always good to support us.

‘It gives an opportunity for local organisations and charities to have a stall and raise money.’

Previous carnivals have each raised around £10,000.

Pete said: ‘We had a good cross section, we had a lot of entertainment for the kids.

‘We had a laser tunnel and jungle bus and lots of children’s rides, it was great.’