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Hundreds turn out for third West Howe carnival and fun day
HUNDREDS of people turned out to support the third West Howe Carnival and Fun Day.
Peppa Pig was guest of honour at this year’s event which took place in glorious sunshine on Sunday.
The International Wessex Majorettes led the procession which set off from the Henry Brown Youth Centre and ended in Moore Avenue Park.
Jeffrey Coombes, chairman of Moore Avenue Community Group, which organises the event, said despite the lack of entries for the fancy dress competition, the carnival and fun day was a huge success.
“It was fantastic,” he said.
“In the end we only had one little girl enter the fancy dress competition so we gave the prize to her.
“She was only two-years-old and dressed up as Peppa Pig.
“We had around 500 people turn up which isn’t as much as last year but it was very hot. We think some people may have gone to the beach instead.”
A magician on stilts provided entertainment for the crowds as he joined the majorettes during the procession around the roads surrounding the park.
And in the afternoon Peppa Pig herself arrived to meet the youngsters.
Mr Coombes said: “The little ones all came out of the woodwork when Peppa Pig arrived. It was the second year we have had her and everyone loved it.”
The Moore Avenue Community Group organises the event in a bid to bring the community together and raise funds to improve the park.
Mr Coombes said: “It is their park and we would like to make it a better place to enjoy – that’s our little motto.
He added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the organisers and everybody that helped.
“We had 18 marshals this year and they were brilliant.
“At this present moment in time we haven’t got a date for next year but we will be doing it all again.”
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