Gallery: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Deepings Carnival

Deeping Carnival Parade from the leisure Centre car park - pictured  are the Harmony Majorettes EMN-151207-180016009 EMN-151207-180016009
Deeping Carnival Parade from the leisure Centre car park - pictured are the Harmony Majorettes EMN-151207-180016009 EMN-151207-180016009
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A downpour of heavy rain didn’t stop a colourful parade winding its way through the streets of the Deepings on Sunday.

The Deeping Lions Club hosted the 10th Deepings Carnival and the event continues to grow in popularity.

As the parade of floats got underway at about midday from the Deepings Leisure Centre, the heavens opened but the participants were determined to carry on regardless.

Esther Graham, one of the organisers of the event, said groups such as the Harmony Majorettes got particularly wet and were soaked by the time they reached the final destination of the John Eve Field in Market Deeping.

Esther said: “It was a real shame about the weather but it certainly didn’t put a dampener on anyone’s spirits.

“The Harmony Majorettes must have been frozen and soaked to the bone but they still performed on the stage with just as much enthusiasm.

“Each year, the Carnival just gets better and better. We have tried really hard to build up the parade and there were lots of different groups joining in this year.

“We started in 2006 so next year we hope to make an extra effort to make it special for our anniversary.”

Once at the John Eve Field, there was plenty for spectators and participants to enjoy, including on-stage performances, a five-a-side knockout tournament, First Class Dog Agility, children’s rides and the crowning of the Deeping Carnival queen.

A Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also flew over, dipping particularly low on the fourth turn much to the delight of the crowd. The planes then went on to nearby Bourne, where the Bourne Lions were hosting their annual family fun day.