Gallery: Downham Market carnival day in pictures

PUBLISHED: 10:26 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:26 26 May 2015

Downham Market carnival parade makes its way through the town centre to the Howdale

Downham Market carnival parade makes its way through the town centre to the Howdale

It’s one of the key events of the year for Downham Market, and hundreds of people lined the streets for the carnival parade through the town.

Everyone came together in support of the community groups and organisations participating in the procession, which is always a major part of the Downham Market Festival programme.

John Fox, Mayor of Downham Market, who travelled in a white stretch limousine, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Downham Market Festival is still so popular after so many years.

“Credit should be given to the organising committee, who have worked incredibly hard to put all of this together. They’ve introduced fresh ideas in recent years, and these have really worked well.”

Ray Wales, the Town Crier, led yesterday’s parade which also included the carnival queen and princesses - a tradition brought back after 25 years.

Charlotte Cornish, from the festival organising committee, said: “Our theme this year is ‘Going Back to the Future’ and we thought it’d be brilliant to bring the competition back.”

Khloe Evans, 16, of Glebe Avenue in Watlington was the carnival queen. The princesses were nine-year-old Sarah-Jane Putman, of Red Hart Close Nordelph and five-year-old Ruby Meadows-Flint of Nightingale Walk, Denver.

Trina Shipley, who served as one of the last Miss Downham Market’s in 1990, now lives in Maryland in the United States.

She said: “It is an awesome feeling to represent the place you grow up in, especially when you look back.”

The parade ended at the Howdale playing field where there were arena displays, fundraising stalls, fairground rides and bouncy castles. Local bands were also playing live music throughout the day.

This year marks the 41st Downham Market Festival with events taking place in the town every day until Saturday.

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