With Corfe Mullen carnival starting today, the Echo looks back at the event 20 years ago.

Thousands of people showed up for the carnival on June 12, 2004, as it marked its 38th year.

Participants, spectators and organisers will be hoping for glorious sunshine as it was that day when these pictures were taken.

Residents lined Higher Blandford Road to watch the colourful procession of floats and marching bands make their way to the recreation ground.

Among the entries was a rainbow effort by the Jack and Jill Playgroup which won the primary category, some 118-118 runners, the swinging ’60s brought to life by the 2nd Corfe Mullen Brownies group and the underwater Atlantis by the 1st Corfe Mullen Brownies.

There was rock and roll, a winning “Silly Hill Billies” entry, The Flintstones, pirates, and a Grange Hill-style school float from the Holme Bush Inn.

The procession was led by carnival princess Emily West, who released 38 balloons to mark the number of carnival years.

In the main arena the crowds were treated to a display by the Solent Dog Display Team and music from the Bournemouth Carnival Band who were all dressed as Batman.

The day was made extra special for master of ceremonies Lee Foord who had been the “voice”of the carnival for the 20 years.

In recognition of his service he was presented by the committee with a specially designed plate from Poole Pottery.