EVERY year the small and quintessentially English town of Stockbridge would come alive in an explosion of colour as thousands of people attended the annual carnival procession and show.

These pictures were taken at the carnival held on July 14, 2001, when things were a little wet outside. There were patches of rain, but luckily things stayed dry for the majority of the procession.

Non-stop entertainment meant there was almost certainly something for everyone with entertainment ranging from belly dancing to ferret racing.

The procession, which set off from Test Valley School included the Ringwood Pipe Band.

Joining in the fun were line dancers, big bands, classic cars vintage, majorettes, martial artists and other stalls and sideshows.

This year the event was staged with the aim of raising funds for the Stockbridge Recreation Trust and other local charities.

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On November 15, 2001, a cheque for £300 – part of the carnival proceeds – was handed over by carnival princesses Amy Jacobs and Hannah Taplin.

The football ground and the children’s play area, administered by the trust, benefited from the cash.