A COLOURFUL circus atmosphere greeted visitors to Somersham Carnival on Saturday, with whistles being heard long before the procession came into view.

Vintage cars and a stilt walker led the procession, which marked the beginning of the village's 35th annual carnival, closely followed by the carnival princess, schools floats and independent floats.

VIP judge Councillor Steve Criswell and Pru Leah had the difficult task of judging the procession entries.

The best group of walkers was awarded to the beavers, the best school float was won by Parkhall Playgroup, with their highly decorated and colourful Parkers Circus float, while best independent float was won for the second year running by Parkhall Equestrian, who also had two horses - Taffy and Chester - in the parade for the first time.

The procession was greeted on to Norwood Playing Fields on Parkhall Road by the ringmaster Simon Webb, who kept the crowds entertained and the proceedings running to time.

Visitors enjoyed stalls, attractions and competitions and were entertained by The Pig Dyke Mollies, Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, the Pidley Male Voice Choir and the Somersham Town Band.

Photos: by Jon Carpenter of JLC Photography jon@jlcphotography.co.uk