ULVERSTON was filled to the brim with thousands of people gathering to see and participate in the town’s popular carnival.

From dance groups, to firefighters, to Oompa-Loompas - you name it Ulverston Carnival had it.

There was a real sense of joy and excitement in the air as visitors lined the streets awaiting the parade.

Floats of all shapes and sizes and groups of every walk of life made their way through the town, starting and finishing at Ford Park.

Along the way there was also candy floss stalls, fairground rides, food and drink, marvellous entertainment and much more to entertain visitors.

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Victoria Cash, from the carnival committee said: “It was great this year to bring back the dance troupes who all performed at Ford Park.

“We even had chairs and buckets of water outside some of the businesses along the way so kids could throw water at the owners to raise money for our chosen charity the North West Air Ambulance - everyone was very supportive.

“It’s been great to keep the carnival going with many local people helping out as marshals, such as the rotary club.

“We even had a Stan and Ollie theme with a fantastic turn out from their loyal fan group, the Sons of the Desert.

“The atmosphere as always was very energetic and the weather was just perfect.”

Carnival Queen on the day was Mia Birtwhistle, 13, from Ulverston Victoria High School, chosen after an online vote via Facebook.

She travelled in her own vintage wagon alongside her Lady in Waiting, Grace as well as her three flower girls Eva and Lydia Flannery ad Skylar Gavin.

Ulverston’s Mayor Councillor Sharon Webster and Councillor Dave Webster were also there to show their support.

There were on the balcony of the Coronation Hall waving to all the participants as they walked pass.

Mrs Webster said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. It’s great to have the dance groups back and just to hear all the music and people enjoying themselves.

“It was great fun as well when the firefighters came out squirting everyone with water.”

Mrs Webster also wished to point out the importance of the event in ‘bringing the community together’.

Both Mr and Mrs Webster were also given the difficult task of judging the carnival in categories such as best overall entry, best dance and best pub.