Crowds lined the streets for Totton Carnival
THE streets of Totton were filled with locals who came out to support the return of the carnival on Saturday after a two-year enforced break due to Covid.
The procession, on theme Once Upon a Totton, comprised floats and walking entries as well as carnival princess Ruby Huckle.
It left Calmore Industrial Estate at 4pm and made its way through the town to Eling recreation ground, where there was music by local band The Underdogs, stalls and a funfair.
The event, which is run by volunteers, raises funds for local charities and groups. It is not yet known how much was raised.
The entries were judged by chairman of the town council, Cllr Neville Penman, and prizes were awarded by Paralympian Aaron Phipps MBE.
Taking first prize for their entry was Forest Park School followed by Oakfield School and Girlguiding Totton in second and third.
Carnival committee chair Tanya Harder told the A&T: "We are extremely proud and honoured to have been able to bring back a community event after the two-year pandemic [break].
"It has brought the community, residents, local businesses and charities closer than before. I am extremely proud of my committee team as we had only six months to organise such an event and I couldn’t be more proud of what they have achieved."
Committee member Dave Hills added: "A massive thank you from the committee to everyone that supported the carnival.
"After a two-year hiatus we didn't know quite what to expect or what the reaction from the public would be. It has been an unbelievable amount of work to reboot the carnival but it was worth it. We are glad that everyone enjoyed it.
"We now enter a new era where the carnival can go from strength to strength and we can make sure it's around for future generations to enjoy."