WITH what would usually be carnival season behind us, the Daily Echo takes a look back at a vibrant procession from the past.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Brockenhurst as a colourful collection of floats made their way through the centre of the picturesque village on July 28, 2000.

The procession was led by Brockenhurst firefighters, who were followed by two marching groups from Southampton – the Royale Rangerettes and the Cherub Twirlers.

Many that took part in the carnival were representatives from children’s groups in the Brockenhurst area.

One organisation out to knock spots off other entries was the Busy Badgers parent and toddler group, whose float was based on 101 Dalmatians.

Members of Brockenhurst Playgroup portrayed characters from The Wizard Of Oz, while children living in Addison Road dressed up as the Teletubbies.

And pupils at William Gilpin School, Boldre, together with friends from Lymington and Pennington Junior Schools, portrayed a scene from the musical Cats.

The carnival princess was nine-year-old Holly Milner who rode through the village with her attendants in a 1933 Alvis car.

One of the most unusual vehicles in the parade was a Saracen armoured personnel carrier owned by Barney Edwards, of Lymington. Mr Edwards said he bought the vehicle two months prior after seeing it in a field at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.