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Fleet Carnival provides fun and frolics for all the family

Toddlers, dogs, cars, motorbikes, crafts, live music and funfair rides were just some of the attractions on Sunday following the previous day's rain-hit grand carnival procession

 

Family fun was in abundance during the Fleet Carnival weekend.

Sunday's proceedings were blessed with much brighter weather than the day before, when rain failed to dampen the spirits of those taking part in the grand carnival parade.

Calthorpe Park opened to blue skies and the sounds of vintage cars and motorbikes revving up as they took their places for the Barons-backed car show and the bike show sponsored by Hart Motorcycles.

Luckily the loud engines did not affect toddlers taking part in this year’s Baby Bond-sponsored baby show, which saw Hart district and Hampshire county councillor Sharyn Wheale having a very difficult task of judging the array of cute smiles.

Meanwhile, canine cuteness was on display during the ever-popular dog show, run by Bark in the Park.

The craft tent was a bustle of home-made creations, with 11-year-old Alycia Alden spending weeks making loom bands to sell at the event and donating 50% of her takings to this year’s carnival charity, Starburst Foundation.

Revellers could also enjoy a feast of live music, including performances from Lucy Lou and the Shuffle Tunes choir

Other attractions included Wall’s Fun Fair and the free Cycle Experience, with children queuing up to have a go on the different varieties of bike on offer.

Local brewery Hogs Back kept everyone refreshed with ales, ciders and jugs of Pimms while food ranged from barbecued Bratwurst to freshly made doughnuts.

Carnival chairman Chris Alden said: “It’s been an amazing weekend, although we have had two days of drama including missing Chinese dragons and hot air balloons almost crash-landing on the main field.

"Everything came together in the end though. The people of Fleet genuinely love the carnival and now that it is definitely back as the biggest annual event of the year, next year’s 60th anniversary celebrations should be an absolute belter.

"I’d like to thank all of our sponsors and contributors and all the volunteers and committee for their faith and hard work. Roll on next year."

Mr Alden said the committee hoped to have raised plenty of money for the Starburst Foundation, with the final total set to be known soon.

Meanwhile, voting has already started on next year's charity.

 

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