THE sun was shining on Haltwhistle carnival this year, as visitors came in droves to one of the biggest events in the town’s social calendar.

The weekend kicked off on Saturday with the traditional duck race, treasure hunt and the annual children’s party.

Sunday saw the return of the always highly anticipated float parade, where onlookers took to the streets to watch vehicles of all shapes, colours and sizes which made their way through the town centre from the fire station at noon, led by a procession of Northumbrian pipers, followed closely by carnival princess Jessica Love and her royal attendants.

Amongst them was a group of Peaky Blinders and flapper girls causing a stir in the Garrison public house and a 90s disco party complete with Mr Blobby. But it was a group of eccentric circus performers from The Greatest Showman who judge Dr Derek Thompson picked as the winner, and they took home the trophy for best overall float.

The carnival field was buzzing with fairground attractions, vintage vehicles donkey rides and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

Carnival chairman Michael Glenwright described the event as a real testament to the community.

“It’s been one of the best years so far,” he said. 

“And it’s all thanks to the work of the volunteers, support of local business and the residents, who never fail to go to town on their floats and costumes.

“We’re already looking forward to next year.”