Families enjoy fun attractions at Syston Carnival despite worst weather in years

Outer-space battle action from the Silver Sabre display team 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Outer-space battle action from the Silver Sabre display team PHOTO: Tim Williams

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A continuous heavy downpour on Saturday meant that the crowds who turned up to Syston Carnival had to enjoy most of the attractions undercover.

A big Carnival HQ Marquee was set up so that some of the arena events could be moved indoors and so families wouldn’t get soaked.

Always a bargain to search for amongst the stalls 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Always a bargain to search for amongst the stalls PHOTO: Tim Williams

The event, held in Central Park, was attended by the Lord Mayor of Leicester and included a demonstration from the Silver Sabres display team, a performance from the Syston Scout and Guide Band, commercial stalls, a fancy dress competition and a prize draw.

Bob Hendry, who has organised the event since 1977, said: “Unfortunately not as many people turned up as we would of liked but those who did attend went away happy.

“This was only the third time ever that I can remember that the weather wreaked havoc with our programme schedule.

“Inside the Carnival HQ Marquee we managed to put on the homemade cooking competitions for adults, and the kids took part in a space craft and rocket making competition.

The Cancer Research team all ready for some fundraising  PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Cancer Research team all ready for some fundraising PHOTO: Tim Williams

“It was a shame though that the children couldn’t go outside and play on the swings, slides and other fairground rides we had organised.

“Overall, I can’t complain. Although profits are obviously going to be down this year, we still managed to put on a good show.”

High speed thrills provided by a giant tea-cup 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

High speed thrills provided by a giant tea-cup PHOTO: Tim Williams

Volunteer Caroline Anderson casts her eye over some of the cup cake entries 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Volunteer Caroline Anderson casts her eye over some of the cup cake entries PHOTO: Tim Williams