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In pictures: Festival spirit shines through at Cambridge's Arbury Carnival

Arbury Carnival Parade, Arbury Road. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12055023)
Arbury Carnival Parade, Arbury Road. Picture: Keith Heppell. (12055023)

In spite of the weather, turnout on Saturday (June 8) for this, the 42nd carnival, was said to be good.

More than 40 years into its existence, the colourful Arbury Carnival returned to the streets of north Cambridge for its annual dose of family fun.

The colourful procession was followed by a wealth of activities, entertainment and stalls.

These included a free kidzone play area, fairground rides, a bar, café and dance groups.

The theme this year was ‘bedtime stories’ which inspired a range of costumes.

Helen Baker, the new chairwoman of the event, said: “It went really well. The weather probably affected it a little bit, but the rain cleared about 12.30pm.

“Unfortunately it was just after the procession, but it was a good turnout all the same.

"Every time I looked, the field was pretty full. I’m glad we persevered.”

Helen, who found organising her first Arbury Carnival “absolutely tiring but definitely worthwhile”, said: “We had a science centre – there was a space exhibition there – a story corner, where we’d linked up with Arbury Court Library to do a book swap, and the council put up a couple of table tennis tables and a cricket event... but obviously that was rained off.”

There was also a protest against plans to build about 80 flats on part of the recreation ground in St Albans Road.

The proposal is part of the redevelopment of the Meadows Community Centre and would use that land as well part of the rec’s green space.

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