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See Fleet Carnival procession entertain the damp crowds

Town stalwarts and new residents ignore rain showers and welcome the big parade

 

Onlookers ignored the rain showers and filled the high street as the procession of the 59th annual Fleet Carnival trumpeted through the town.

The organisers had been hoping for sunny weather, but despite glimpses of blue sky, the procession, which winds its way from Linkway to Calthorpe Park via the High Street, was peppered with showers.

But this didn't hold back townfolk, generations of whom flocked to line the pavements as the procession paraded past.

Claire Robinson, publicity officer for the organising committee said: "It is a little bit of a disappointment given that it was 30-plus degrees last year, it could not have been more different.

"Now we are hoping that floats don't break down in the damp.

"There's a lot of umbrellas up in the High Street, but the people in Fleet are so delighted that the carnival is back to a big spectacle again and they are all pretty supportive.

"So many schools are taking part as well, so there are parents and grandparents all coming out to watch their children."

More than floats took part in this year's parade, which also included more marching bands than last year, a particular favourite being the Bournemouth Carnival Band, who performed this year in Spiderman costumes, much to the delight of the crowds.

 

One boost for this year's event despite the weather, was not competing with Wimbledon over the carnival weekend.

Ms Robinson said: "We hoped that Andy Murray getting knocked out of Wimbledon would get a bigger crowd out tomorrow, as last year we were competing with the final."

Also with the town's population ever-increasing, a new group of people are coming to the carnival for the first time.

"There's lots of new people I've spoken too today in town, including an American family, who are all very excited and have never seen it [the procession] before."

 

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