FROM a chicken wire fish filled with plastic bottles to a float decorated with carrier bags, Lymington Carnival embraced the challenge set on the theme of ‘Save Our Planet’.

Scores of residents lined the procession route on Sunday as the mix of floats, walking groups and bands bounded around the New Forest town.

The event’s main sponsors Colten Care decided on the theme and organisers Lions Club of Lymington & Brockenhurst said they were impressed with how the various community groups, businesses and organisations set about putting their own spin on it.

With the green theme in mind, the Lions Club also ‘recycled’ 11 carnival queens from previous years.

This included the deputy carnival queen from 1946.

Lions club member Ian Duncan said: “We were really pleased with both the number of entrants and the crowds who lined the street and watched the parade.

“It does cost a lot of money to put the carnival on so a big thank you has to go to Colten Care, Lymington and Pennington Town Council and Hampshire County Council. Without their support the event would not be possible. The street collection raised £2,679.”