THERE was glorious sunshine for Bishop's Castle’s big day of the year.

The traditional procession left Church Bank led by parade marshal Bernard Edwards, followed by the Carnival Queen Emma Gwilliam with her attendants Sinead Kerswell, Emily Ellis, Tayla and Aiva Robertson.

Carnival Princess Megan Morris followed. Megan’s attendants were her cousins Phoebe Jones and Chiara Ireland-Morris along with her friend Poppy Bavastock on a fairy woodland-themed float.

The next vehicle in the procession was a 1932 Alvis car supplied by local man John Powter and in this vehicle, was the retiring queen Donna Hughes along with Katie Barkley, the retiring carnival princess. Following them was a convoy of floats, along with vintage tractors, lorries and a steam engine.

There was a wide range of activities on the field for the crowds to enjoy and the carnival was very well attended.

An afternoon of fun in the main ring included a HAKA performance from 15 members of the Team Sparc and the committee donated £100 to the charity along with music from the Marches Choir, a very energetic Zumba demonstration plus the mobile phone mystery competition with the eventual winner getting £100 which was won by Amelia Francis and Lily Green.

The music stage was busy and started off with a performance from Bishop's Castle Primary School Choir followed by local musicians organised by Joe Carty and Jon Crowe.

Local group Bouzatina also entertained the crowds by the tea-tent. Many side-stalls and other entertainment were on offer including a puppet show, greasy pole, mini-digger competition and funfair, as well as refreshments.

The third and final book in the history of the carnival, written by Karen Bavastock, was launched at this event and sold well.