Crowds flock to Syston Carnival

The New Barkby WI members Diane Wright, Angela Montague and Biddy Saunders sell home-made goodies in 40's style costume EMN-150709-102436001

The New Barkby WI members Diane Wright, Angela Montague and Biddy Saunders sell home-made goodies in 40's style costume EMN-150709-102436001

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The prayers of the organisers were answered on Saturday as the rain held off and crowds flocked yet again to the popular Syston Carnival.

A heavy downpour overnight had raised fears the event might be a washout.

Jane Black and Gillian Bowler decided to be pirates for the day at Syston Carnival EMN-150709-102402001

Jane Black and Gillian Bowler decided to be pirates for the day at Syston Carnival EMN-150709-102402001

But marching bands, dance groups, arena displays and more than 70 stalls provided great family entertainment throughout the day.

Bob Hendry, who has organised the event since 1977, said: “I was down at the park early on Saturday at 5.15 and I got soaked through with the rain.

“I must have said 20 prayers after that asking for the rain to stop and thankfully it did.

“Everyone I have spoken to since has said how good the day was.

Bubble popping was a big attraction at Syston Carnival EMN-150709-102425001

Bubble popping was a big attraction at Syston Carnival EMN-150709-102425001

“The charities and organisations were all pleased with the takings on their stalls.”

This year’s carnival had a 1940s, 1950s and 1960s theme with fancy dress competitions and a shop window contest, which was won by Second Hand Rose.

Home-made baking and jam competitions were held and popular attractions included the Syston Band and the town Scouts band, while Plinxton Puppets kept children entertained all day.