Photo gallery: Lowestoft in the carnival mood

There was no grand street parade, but the carnival spirit was still on show in Lowestoft today (Sunday, August 7).

It was confirmed back in April that organisers of the town's annual carnival had 'reluctantly decided' to put the popular procession on hold due to rising costs and changes to the traffic management rules, but hundreds of residents and tourists were still able to enjoy a carnival funday on Royal Green.

The community event, organised by the Friends of Lowestoft Hospital, was a family-friendly affair with live music, Punch and Judy shows, magic acts, children's sports, dancing, donkey rides, classic cars and a crowd-pleasing display by the Lowestoft Dog Agility club.

Carnival committee chairman Pat Rayner said: 'We couldn't have asked for better weather, especially with the forecast last week.

'We're pleased people have come out to support us.

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'It's been very hard and we're looking forward to next year when, hopefully, we can have the procession. That's what everyone expects from a carnival and it's what we'd love to see again.'

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