HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Romsey  to catch a glimpse of a popular carnival.

Crowds flocked to Market Place to see a host of live musicians, performers and community groups aboard their floats.

The procession saw hundreds of families gather to watch, with children waving at the people on board their floats and singing and dancing along with the entertainers.

The carnival has been running for 60 years and this year saw a huge host of groups take part in the procession – from hillbillys to chorus girls.

Romsey Old Cadets led the parade, which started at Romsey Industrial Estate. Other groups taking part included the 6th Romsey Brownies, the 3rd Romsey Scouts, the Romsey Braishfield Scouts and the Bishop's Blaize pub.The procession was led through Fishlake Meadows, Greatbridge Road, Duttons Road, Station Road, Latimer Street, The Hundred, Palmerston Street, Broadwater Road, Bell Street and The Market Place before finishing in The Hundred.

Romsey was brought to a standstill for the event with a host of floats to enjoy from Rainbows and Guides group as well as Nomads Romsey, The Wonder Girls Pom Pom Troupe, Chilli Hoop, Ampfield Riding Stables with a group of ponies and a marching band.

The carnival queen, Naomi Reading also featured in the procession, waving at onlookers from her float.

Sally Brown, 32, brought her two children along.

She said: “It’s brilliant that the sun came out for it, we come every year it’s a nice tradition for us as a family to come out together and the kids love seeing all the costumes and hearing the music. It’s a great community event and I think they’ve done a really good job this year.”

Donation pots were scattered around Romsey and members of the procession were also asking for donations during the carnival.

Those funds will now be divided up between the carnival's five chosen charities Age Concern, 3rd Romsey Scouts, Braishfield Bees, NOMADS amateur dramatic group, and Chatterbox Pre-School in Halterworth Lane.