Recalling a vibrant celebration from the past, the Daily Echo takes a stroll down memory lane to when Brockenhurst was alive and buzzing with colour and a party atmosphere.

The date was July 28, 2000, when hundreds of locals gathered in anticipation to witness an impressive procession of floats snaking through the village centre.

Atop a fire engine, Brockenhurst firefighters kicked off an eventful procession.

Next in the parade came two marching groups from Southampton - the Royale Rangerettes and the Cherub Twirlers. Representing their city proudly, these two teams of dancers and twirlers followed one another down the street.

The Brockenhurst carnival drew in participants from local youth organizations. Representing these organizations, children came to take part in the festivities.

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One organisation out to knock spots off other entries was the Busy Badgers parent and toddler group, whose float was based on 101 Dalmatians.

The youngsters of Brockenhurst Playgroup took on the roles of characters from The Wizard Of Oz, while children living in Addison Road decided to dress up as the Teletubbies for their costumes.

Pupils at William Gilpin School, Boldre, together with friends from Lymington and Pennington Junior Schools, portrayed a scene from the musical Cats.

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Nine-year-old Holly Milner was chosen to be the carnival princess, and she proudly rode through town in a 1933 Alvis car accompanied by her attendants.

One of the most unusual vehicles in the parade was a Saracen armoured personnel carrier owned by Barney Edwards, of Lymington. Mr Edwards had bought the vehicle two months prior after seeing it in a field at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.