CROWDS flocked to Ferndown on Saturday for the annual carnival.

One of the biggest events of its kind in the county, more than 1,000 people took part – more than ever before, and many more came to watch.

The procession set off around the town from the leisure centre in a blaze of colour and noise, with bands and shire horses taking part as well.

One of the organisers, Gail Hunter-Warburton, said: “It’s probably bigger than it’s been for ages. It’s a free day for Ferndown and we don’t get much for free these days.

“We want to keep it going, year in, year out – we’re still putting the carnival on. It’s very well supported, we try to make it bigger every year and keep it interesting.”

The procession made its way to the carnival arena at King George V playing fields, where a host of attractions were on offer.

One of the highlights was Titan the robot from Transformers, who kept children amazed, while also at the carnival arena were stalls and attractions, bands, dancing, a beer tent and, new for this year, a car boot sale.

The proceeds from the day will be split between several charities – last year around £1,400 was raised and organisers hope that this time, once the cash is counted, there will be even more to hand over.

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