WITH sunshine all the way this year’s Carnival day at Presteigne was a great day out with the parade through the streets followed by events at Wentes Meadow which went on into the night, with lots of live music in the show marquee.

Floats and walking entries met for judging at the John Beddoes School yard before heading for the carnival field via Hereford Street and High Street

Prizes were presented with the winning float award going to Ger’s Childminding ‘The Jolly Fletcher’.

Past Carnival Queens from 1950 onwards gathered with the crowning of Sophie Preece as the 2018 Queen with her attendants Phoebe Katsaitis, Menna Baynham, Mair Thomas and Kameron Traylor.

Presteigne Firefighters, fresh from their 75 mile charity challenge, gave a display and other entertainment featured Zu Aerial Dance, the Welsh Axemen’s competition, Jaz Parrow and the Brotherhood of the Black Troop of sea fearing pirate re-enactors, Jessica Fallon’s School of Dance, Knighton Town Silver Band, the Whitton Voices community choir, plus live music from students over 18 with several bands playing on into the night in the main marquee.

An Under Sevens football tournament went on throughout the afternoon together with the sheep shearing competition, children’s races, the Fun Dog Show and Dog Scurry while the main marquee held the Country Fair classes.

The Celtic Dragons Motorbike Club also put on a big showing joining the parade and staging a static display on the Carnival Field before going on to present ‘The Woodchoppers Ball’ at The Woodchoppers Arms in Knighton Road by kind permission of Phil and Pam Greenham.

Three bands were playing with the event helping raise money for Welsh Air Ambulance and St Michael’s Hospice.

The Jolly Fletcher from Ger’s Childminding was the winning float at Saturday’s Presteigne Carnival.

Pictures by Phill Heeley and Alex Ramsey provide a taste of the event.