Bonsall puts on a right shin dig

Music Makers: The Ripley Green Garter Morris take to the streets at the Bonsall Carnival.
Music Makers: The Ripley Green Garter Morris take to the streets at the Bonsall Carnival.

A spot of sun gave village spirit a boost over the weekend.

The rain stayed away for Bonsall Carnival on Saturday, and villagers both past and present turned out to make the most of the weather.

Leading Off: Liz Howsley and her horse Rusty led the parade at the Bonsall Carnival.

Leading Off: Liz Howsley and her horse Rusty led the parade at the Bonsall Carnival.

Throughout the day there were displays from Amber Valley Gymnasts and the infamous Bonsall Red Barrows, who mesmirised the crowd with their choreographed wheel barrow routine to Ravel’s Bolero.

In the evening, there were musical performances from the Dooberies, Pint of Mud and Steaming Isaacs.

The following day the BMW Brass Band performed and cream teas were served.

Hazel Baldwin, chairman of the Bonsall Carnival Committee, said: “We always seem to have brilliant weather for our carnival.

Leading Off: Liz Howsley and her horse Rusty led the parade at the Bonsall Carnival.

Leading Off: Liz Howsley and her horse Rusty led the parade at the Bonsall Carnival.

“I’ve been involved for 17 years and I think we have had only one year when it has rained.

Winners of the fancy dress contests were Andrew Slater, who entered the five years and under category dressed as a snail, Molly Ross, who won the six to 11 year old category with her Olympic torch costume, Lorraine Taylor, who won the aged 12 and over category with her burlesque outfit.

The winner of the best dressed float contest was Around the World in 80 days, by Lorraine Taylor.

Jeff and Ann won the best dressed house contest with their scarecrow house.

Music Makers: The Ripley Green Garter Morris take to the streets at the Bonsall Carnival.

Music Makers: The Ripley Green Garter Morris take to the streets at the Bonsall Carnival.

Hazel said: “the carnival brings the whole community together – young and old.

“We have people who don’t live in the village anymore coming to enjoy it.”

The festivities continue with a walking treasure hunt today and the five–a–side finale tomorrow.

There will also be a Shambolic Fire Show on Friday, a lantern procession from St James’ Church to the park and the firework finale.

Brave Heroes: The Red Barrows, Tom Gun (Tom Willmot), Smokey Bear (Mark Sobey), Jazz Blenkinsop (Isaac Sobey) and Amy Johnson (Leanne Swain) pictured at the Bonsall Carnival.

Brave Heroes: The Red Barrows, Tom Gun (Tom Willmot), Smokey Bear (Mark Sobey), Jazz Blenkinsop (Isaac Sobey) and Amy Johnson (Leanne Swain) pictured at the Bonsall Carnival.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, is crowned at this year's Bonsall Carnival.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, is crowned at this year's Bonsall Carnival.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, and her attendents Sophie and Chloe Poplar, four, pictured on their float.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, and her attendents Sophie and Chloe Poplar, four, pictured on their float.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, and her attendents Sophie and Chloe Poplar, four, pictured on their float.

Queen for a Day: Bonsall Carnival Queen Abbie Mellor, nine, and her attendents Sophie and Chloe Poplar, four, pictured on their float.

Global Gathering: The Around the World in Eighty Days float at this year's Bonsall Carnival.

Global Gathering: The Around the World in Eighty Days float at this year's Bonsall Carnival.

Captain Conker: Henry Frost, seven, ran a conker stall at Bonsall Carnival with a collection he has amassed over a year.

Captain Conker: Henry Frost, seven, ran a conker stall at Bonsall Carnival with a collection he has amassed over a year.