CROWDS braved the rain to enjoy a day of carnival fun in Davenham at the weekend.

The procession – featuring more umbrellas than planned – snaked its way from the top of Hartford Road through the village to Butchers Stile Field for the crowning ceremony.

Robyn Hayman was crowned as the 2019 carnival queen, with Grace Williams fairy queen, Misty Margerum rosebud, and Hannah and Gabriella Sanderlands ladies in waiting.

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The hardworking committee posted on Facebook after the day’s events: “The carnival team would like to give a huge thanks to helpers, participants and all the lovely people who braved the great British elements today to be at the procession and carnival.

“Hope you all had a day to remember. Thanks so much for your support.”

The procession was led by the City of Liverpool Pipe and Drum Band, and featured stilt walkers as well as floats carrying village and community groups.

From 3pm in Butchers Stile Field, after the crowning, there was a circus skills workshop, Punch and Judy show, animals and rides – as well as food, drink, raffles and stalls.

A collection for The Christie – a leading cancer treatment centre in Manchester – also took place on the day with the total still to be counted.

There was also a big thank you for the dedicated three-woman committee on the carnival’s Facebook page.

The post said: “Year on year there are selfless helpers that give their free time to build a lovely community day leaving happy memories behind.

“Mr and Mrs Mewis every year without fail are advocates of this, with cakes, refreshments, money and time. We thank you, you are just lovely people.

“Bev Roberts [is] the heartbeat of this lovely day, Vicki Jarvis procession queen and Shell Lou with the wonderful job she did with [the girls] and her skills on the microphone.”