THE streets of Winton were packed and full of colourful costumes and creative floats for its annual carnival this morning.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in scorching temperatures to watch the lively procession, which featured local schools, community groups and businesses.

After a lead out from a group of motorcyclists, a marching band played well-known tunes and youngsters performed various dance routines as they made their way along Wimborne Road before arriving at Winton Recreation Ground.

The 14th Winton Carnival saw around 20 entries in the parade, which stretched back hundreds of yards.

At the recreation ground, visitors could explore a variety of trade and food stalls, fun fair rides and a stage providing entertainment.

This year's event saw eight-year-old Hammond Academy Performing Arts pupil Francesca Abbott awarded the carnival queen title, while children from other schools in the area who had been nominated as spirits of the community and role models travelled in a float of their own.

Committee chair Michelle Carroll, one of seven volunteers who organise the carnival, said: "We are really pleased. It takes a lot of time to put together but it is nice when you see everyone enjoying themselves as it reminds you why you do it.

"A lot of the Winton traders are getting more involved with the event, which is brilliant."