AFTER a day of showers, the sun smiled on Lambourn for the big carnival parade on Sunday.
Families lined the streets and some enjoyed picnics in their front gardens as the parade, led by the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, made its way from the judging field at Lambourn Sports Club in Bockhampton Road.
The village carnival tradition began in the 1930s and, although there was a hiatus in the 1960s and 70s, it was revived in the 1980s.
Among the crowds lining the streets in Station Road was 86-year-old Gerald Sopp and Sue Hobbs, aged 76, who both have fond memories of carnivals from long ago.
Mrs Hobbs said: “I was born here and I remember appearing in the carnival as Bo Peep when I was a little girl.”
Mr Sopp said: “The carnival got much smaller for a number of years but it’s coming back again now.”
One of the highlights for many was a chance to see Grand National and Hennessy Gold Cup winner Many Clouds.
Carnival organiser Liz Cox said: “We’re very grateful to Oliver Sherwood for parading one of the most famous racehorses in the world for the village to see.
“And we were very pleased with the high standard of entries this year, both the floats and the walking entries. Everyone went to a lot of time and effort.”
One absentee this year was the entry from The Eastbury Plough and Mrs Cox said: “The lady who usually helps organise their float was away this year. So we made [chef proprietor] Graham White a judge as penance.”
There was also an exhibition in St Michael and All Angels Church from Saturday to Monday, featuring the Lambourn Valley Railway, artists from the Lambourn Valley and the mystery photo competition.
The carnival parade results are:
Class B (decorated float – club or organisation under 12’): 1st The Churches Together – The Churches Together; 2nd Jason Pendleton - Lambourn Boxing Club.
Class C (decorated float – club or organisation over 12’); 1st Royal British Legion Club – Diamond Jubilee Bake Off; 2nd Lambourn Sports Club – England 1966.
Class F (equestrian): 1st Windsor House Stables – Harry Dunlop’s Cowboys and Indians; 2nd Kiri Fowler – Wizard of Oz; 3rd Judy Fisher – Aunt Sally and Worzel; highly commended – Anne & John Ltd – Devonia Bakery.
Class K (walking entry – up to four people): 1st Linda Maynard and Janet Collins – The Flowerpot Men; 2nd Judy Fairchild – Best of British; 3rd Jo Gill – Lego Ladies; highly commended – Tim and Aimee – Queen Bees.
Class M (best dressed manually propelled): 1st Oliver Morley – Flintstones on Tour; 2nd Tracy Fisher – Is There Any Room On The Broom For The Fishes?
Best in Show – decorated float: Royal British Legion Club – Diamond Jubilee Bake Off.
Best in Show – walking entry: Linda Maynard and Janet Collins – The Flowerpot Men.