A FUN day was had by all at the long-running Bishops Waltham carnival.

Bishop’s Waltham Rotary, which has organised the event more than 25 years, said attendance was up on previous years.

Procession manager Mike Berry said "It's been a fabulous day. A lot more people than previous years. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It's been a very happy day."

Saturday's procession through the town was led by 50 classic cars, followed by a stilt-walker, dray horses, a pony and trap, a steam engine, a fire engine and various community groups including Scouts, Guides, schools and St John Ambulance.

Music for the march was provided by the Batala samba band from Portsmouth and the Spitfires marching band made up Scouts and Guides from Eastleigh.

The Rotary Club had a very unusual item in the procession – an iron lung, to remind carnival-goers that Rotary International aim to help eradicate polio by funding innocculations around the world.

The theme of this years procession was 'Space - the final frontier.

First prize in the procession went to the Bishops Waltham Scout's, who had built a Tardis. Runners-up were the second Bishop's Waltham Youth Club who were dressed as aliens and had large silver rocket. Bishop's Waltham Junior School took third prize.

The procession ended at the Recreation Ground where the carnival show took place throughout the afternoon. Here there was a fun fair, a dog display, music, a ferret race and more than 50 stalls selling food and craft items.

Debbie Walker, carnival manager said: "We've had a brilliant day. We've had great feed back from the community groups who had stalls. "

She added: "I take over as Bishop Waltham Rotary president in July and I'll be our first female president. Next year, I'll be running the Rotary and the carnival too which will be a fun challenge."