THE sun shone on Saturday’s Northwich Carnival colourful parade, which was watched by families lining the streets as it made its way through the town.

Barbara Turner, secretary for the carnival committee, thanked everyone for turning out to celebrate the traditional display of colourfully decorated floats.

She said: “The parade went very smoothly, and everyone who took part enjoyed themselves and had great fun. We were very lucky to be blessed by the sun for this event.”

The floats ran through Verdin Street and were led by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as a host of community groups and last year’s carnival queen, Phoebe Little.

The traditional ceremony was followed by an afternoon of family entertainment, including a

Barbara added: “I am not sure how many people came along to the event specifically, but the streets were packed full of people so I would say that is has been a brilliant turnout.

“It is great to see so many people getting involved in the tradition year upon year as there are not many carnivals left.”

16-year-old Elizabeth Pimblatt, from Barnton, was crowned as the queen by Northwich town mayor Alison Gerrard.

Elizabeth has been involved in the parade since 2006 when she was a train bearer for Samantha Mainwaring.

Elizabeth, then aged four, was given a white teddy bear that she held and walked around the event with all day, according to her mother Pauline.

She has kept the present for more than 10 years and was seen walking around the parade with it again this year.

See our online gallery for pictures of the day.