THE 48th Corfe Mullen Carnival was a colourful cavalcade of floats, walking tableaux and fancy dress collectors.

The lively procession wended its way through the streets of the village on Saturday, ending at the recreation ground in Badbury View Road, as everyone hoped to impress the judges and take home a trophy.

While people waited excitedly for the procession to arrive, there was plenty to keep them occupied at the ground including exciting arena stunts from youngsters of The Tiger Children’s Motorcycle Display Team.

Paul Harrison, carnival secretary, said: “It all went really well and the procession was well supported by residents who turned out to watch.

“I have been helping for over 30 years now, as my dad, Martin, is now honorary lifetime president after stepping down as chairman, and it is always a great event to look forward to and be involved in.”

The popular annual event was officially opened by Carnival Princess Jenna Hughes, and her two attendants Lauren Clarke and Jasmine Evans, who released 48 balloons to mark the occasion.

Mums, dads and children were at their most imaginative for the children’s fancy dress competition and the family event provided fun and games for residents who travelled from across the town to join in the festivities.

Carnival Week raised funds for Wessex Cancer Trust, 2nd Corfe Mullen Scout Group and the Multiple Sclerosis Centre at West Parley with a street collection, a run and grand carnival draw.